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NIIGATA, Japan, Nov. 27 Kyodo

An 18-year-old Pakistani student filed a criminal complaint Monday against a policeman in Niigata Prefecture, claiming the officer assaulted him in October, lawyers representing the student said.

The student filed the complaint with the Niigata District Public Prosecutors Office alleging that assistant inspector Tadanori Kazama, 42, abused his authority as a public officer in inflicting injuries requiring 10 days of treatment.

The prosecutors office said it will decide whether to accept the complaint after examining it.

According to the letter of complaint and police sources, Kazama approached the student, saying, ''You, overstayer,'' near JR Niigata Station at around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, dragged him about for some 50 meters and hit him in the face several times.

The letter says Kazama threw away the student's driver's license issued by the Pakistani government after he showed it to the officer.

The officer was on his way home after drinking with two colleagues and was drunk at the time of the alleged assault, police sources said.

Niigata prefectural police sent papers on Kazama to prosecutors Nov. 9 and suspended the officer for one month from Nov. 10.
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Date:Dec 4, 2000
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