PETALING JAYA: A man has been arrested in connection with the robbery of Malaysian student Mohd Asyraf Haziq Rossli during the London riots earlier this week.
London's Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement that the suspect, said to be in his 20s, had been arrested on Thursday.
“Officers have arrested a man in connection with an incident whereby a young man was robbed by a group who pretended to help him after he was assaulted during Monday's disorder,” read the statement.
It was learnt that the suspect was picked up at about 5pm local time following raids at several locations.
Mohd Asyraf was assaulted and then robbed by two separate groups of thugs on Monday, leaving him with a broken jaw.
After he was discharged from the Royal London Hospital on Thursday morning, Mohd Asyraf told reporters he planned to finish his studies in London despite his family asking him to return.
He said he felt sorry for his attackers and that it was “very sad” there were children amongst them.
Acting British High Commissioner to Malaysia Ray Kyles welcomed news of the arrest and expressed confidence that those responsible for the incident would be caught.
“I am certain that the British police will be working hard to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
British High Commissioner to Malaysia Simon Featherstone wished Mohd Asyraf a speedy recovery.
“He is a remarkable young man and a great ambassador for Malaysia. His determination to continue with his studies despite this incident is commendable,” said Featherstone, who visited him after his hospital discharge.
Kyles had earlier met with Mohd Asyraf's parents Rossli Harun and Maznah Abu Mansor to express his sympathy.
Mohd Asyraf's ordeal was recorded in a video clip that drew almost three million YouTube views worldwide.
A group of British well-wishers had also gathered to support and raise funds for him via the Internet.
His parents and younger brother flew to England yesterday courtesy of Umno, which sponsored the flight tickets.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Gan Ping Sieu described Mohd Asyraf as a brave man who bore no grudges against his attackers.
Gan, who visited Mohd Asyraf at the Malaysian High Commission in Belgrave Square in London on Thursday, said Mohd Asyraf was in good spirits after the operation to fix his broken jaw and displayed a positive attitude. - theStarOnline