x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Hunt continues for attackers of UAE chess official in Hungary

Victim suffered five broken ribs in unprovoked assault.

Marzooqi first encountered the attackers on a bridge in the Hungarian city of Szeged.
Marzooqi first encountered the attackers on a bridge in the Hungarian city of Szeged.

Hungarian officials investigating the brutal assault on an Emirati chess official have been trawling CCTV footage in a bid to find more clues as to what happened.

Saud Mohammed Al Marzooqi, a UAE Chess Federation official, filed a complaint on Monday after being taken to hospital with five broken ribs late last week in the southern city of Szeged.

Mr Marzooqi claims that three men, who told him they were plain-clothes policeman, ran into him with a car on Friday evening and subsequently beat and kicked him until he was unconscious.

The prosecutors office said yesterday that officials were continuing their investigation.

The Hungarian authorities' work is progressing while taking into consideration the medical condition of the victim, spokesman Ferenc Szanka said.

A relative of the victim, who was in Szeged, said that Mr Marzooqi could be released from hospital soon.

The office launched an investigation into the events after finding that the victim's complaints were "well founded".

Authorities were also sifting through closed circuit footage of the evening, in the hope that the attack was captured on film, Mr Szanka said.

A manager at the hotel that the Emiratis were staying at declined to comment on the incident, as did the Hungarian interior ministry, who directed all inquiries to the prosecutors' office.

Mr Marzooqi was in the city of some 170,000 inhabitants to accompany a UAE junior chess master, who was training with Hungarian grandmaster and local resident, Peter Leko.