Ambassador to Chile assaulted and his family threatened

Ambassador to Chile assaulted and his family threatened
PHOTO: Facebook/ Dr Mohamad Rameez Yahaya

KUALA LUMPUR - "I was hit with a baton, kicked and they almost stabbed my stomach," said Malay­sian Ambassa­dor to Chile Datuk Dr Mohamad Rameez Yaha­ya.

Referring to the incident when his official residence in Las Condes, Santiago, was broken into on Monday, Mohamad Rameez, 48, said his family experienced extreme trauma later.

His wife had to seek medical help as she almost had a heart attack due to breathing difficulties.

"My wife was threatened... with her mouth gagged, hands and feet tied."

He said the hands and feet of his children, except for his eldest son, were also tied.

"Our five children slept with me and my wife on the day of the incident in the main room," he said.

The robbers, he said, tried to pry open the room of his 14-year-old son, who slept on the upper floor, but failed.

"My body is still aching and weak after being hit by them. At the time of the incident... I thought that I was going to die," he said when contacted by Bernama.

He said as a result of the incident, two of their younger children suffered from high fever.

The ambassador himself was warded for three hours.

However, Mohamad Rameez is grateful that his family members are safe.

"The phone which I am using now was found by the police in the school compound near my home," he said.

He said so far no arrests had been made.

Mohamad Rameez said that he would return to Malaysia next week for four days and would meet Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

The robbers fled with cash and valuables including jewellery worth between RM60,000 (S$19,447) and RM100,000, he said.

"Personal belongings which went missing included handbags, watches, wedding rings and jewellery from my late mother," he said.

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