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Bali Police shoot dead French 'trouble-maker'

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Jakarta   /   Tue, May 3, 2016   /  07:34 am
Bali Police shoot dead French 'trouble-maker' Amokrane Sabet in his profile picture of his personal Facebook account, which he uploaded on July 18, 2015. (Taken from Amokrane Sabet's Facebook account/-)

Bali Police shot dead a French national, former mixed martial artist Amokrane Sabet on Monday after he resisted arrest for several reports of misconduct. In the process of resisting arrest, the Frenchman stabbed a police officer to death.

North Kuta Police officers and Bali Police Mobile Brigade personnel went to Sabet's house in Berawa, North Kuta, on Monday at around 11 a.m local time to take him into custody following several reports of his misconduct. 

However, Sabet resisted arrest by fighting back the visiting officers and attacked them with a knife, Bali Police office chief Insp. Gen. Sugeng Priyanto said on Monday.

"We gave him warning shots. The perpetrator stabbed one of our officers in several places. He ignored our warning shots so we shot him ," he said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Police came to Sabet's house to follow up on reports and complaints from local people over his trouble-making behavior during his stay in Berawa. Moreover, after further investigation, police also found that Sabet had overstayed his visa, which expired in September last year, Sugeng said.

Police had summoned Sabet several times to come into the police station by mail, but he never showed.

Anak Agung Putu Sudi, 39, one of the officers assigned to take Sabet in, died after being stabbed eight times by the Frenchman. Sudi succumbed to wounds suffered to his neck, thigh and chest.

 Bali Police had also coordinated with the French Consulate General before the arrest, Sugeng added.

"He had been living in Bali for two years and he made a lot of trouble for locals, such as refusing to pay after eating at local restaurants," he said.

Other reports to police detailed Sabet also refused to pay for tourist facilities leading him to be blacklisted by two tourism places in Berawa and Seminyak. Moreover, he had threatened people and shouted foul language, as well as was a reckless driver in the area.

Local people swarming the crime scene viewed the Frenchman as a trouble maker, who seemed to find pleasure in causing people unease.

"He liked to drive fast and point his middle finger at people," a local who wanted to stay anonymous told tribunnews.com.

Nobody was brave enough to warn him, the local said, as they were afraid of Sabet's physical appearance and attitude, especially after people knew he was a former mixed martial artist.

Nyoman Diantara, a security guard of a restaurant in Berawa, recalled that Sabet once ran away without paying after eating at the restaurant where Nyoman had worked for the past nine years.

He came again for the second time to the restaurant, Diantara said, however, the restaurant manager denied him entry. Sabet instead threatened to hurt the manager.

"He threatened my manager until my manager ran asking for people's help. Before that, hotels, villas and restaurants in Seminyak had blacklisted him, which was also the case for here [the Berawa restaurant]," Diantara told tribunnews.com.

Sabet not only liked to get into fights and arguments with locals but allegedly also with other foreign tourists, he added. (rin)

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