Indonesian policeman in coma after assault by mob flown to Singapore for medical treatment

Dewi Setiyowati, wife of Indonesian policeman Aditya Mulya Ramdhani, who was mistaken as a member of a rival martial arts group after trying to disperse a group of martial artists who were destroying public property, at Singapore General Hospital, on May 24, 2019. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - An off-duty Indonesian police officer who was assaulted in Central Java by men from a martial arts group has been flown to Singapore for treatment.

On May 8, 35-year-old Aditya Mulya Ramdhani was set upon by men armed with bamboo sticks, a vicious attack which left him with severe head trauma. He was not in uniform then.

The former head of the Criminal Investigation Unit in the Wonogiri regency, located in Central Java, has been in a coma since the attack.

A family friend suggested Mr Aditya's wife contact a doctor in Singapore to have him moved to the Republic for further treatment.

His wife, Madam Dewi Setiyowati, said the doctor visited Mr Aditya at the Dr Oen Solo Baru Hospital and made arrangements for the couple to be flown to Singapore.

On May 16, the officer was warded at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

Madam Dewi said in Bahasa Indonesia: "I never expected this to happen. I know that police work is dangerous, but in our 11 years of marriage, he always came home safe."

Based on Indonesian media reports, the officer had attempted to disperse the men who were seen destroying public property.

Reports said Mr Aditya was attacked after he was mistaken for a member of the rival martial arts group.

Madam Dewi, 40, said the doctor helped pay some of the costs involved in transferring her husband to Singapore.

But there is still the hospital bill, which was in excess of $50,000 as of May 27.

Although she has made some payments, she showed The Straits Times a copy of the invoice, which indicated she currently owes over $22,000.

Madam Dewi said the Indonesian police has agreed to cover all medical costs incurred by Mr Aditya from May 29 onwards, a day after he was transferred from the Intensive Care Unit at SGH to a general ward.

She is hoping the Indonesian police will cover the amount as well, along with the cost of the flight.

The officer's friends, colleagues and family members have chipped in, helping to lessen the costs, she added.

"Right now, my main priority is for (my husband) to regain consciousness, and for us to reunite as a family as quickly as possible," said Madam Dewi, a mother of three children, aged 10, nine and four.

She said the children are being looked after by family members in Indonesia and are unaware of their father's condition.

She hopes that her husband will recover in time for Hari Raya Puasa, which falls on Tuesday (June 4) in Indonesia, so that they can celebrate as a family back home in Central Java. The attack has stirred Indonesians with many taking to social media to condemn the attackers.

At a press conference in Central Java on May 29, Indonesian police said nine suspects have been apprehended for their role in the attack.

One suspect was later released, as he is a minor.

For assault, the suspects potentially face up to nine years in prison.

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