Police make arrest after Aziz Al-Sa'afin 'gay bashing'

A man has been arrested in connection to the "gay bashing" of Newshub reporter Aziz Al-Sa'afin last month.

Police say the man is facing charges including injuring with intent and assaulting with intent for the attack that left Al-Sa'afin and his friend fearing for their lives.

The AM Show journalist was walking down Auckland's Karangahape Rd with a friend in the early morning of February 10 when they were violently attacked.

A group of men punched Al-Sa'afin in the face and kicked his friend to the ground while calling them "f*gs" and "homos".

The culprits ran away when other people came to the victims' help, and police launched an investigation into the unprovoked assault.

On Tuesday police released CCTV images of who they believed to be the two men involved in the attack.

Al-Sa'afin wrote a heart wrenching opinion piece days after the attack had happened, saying he was sorry for the families of the two men who attacked he and his friend.

"I worry for your partner, should you actually have someone so unlucky. Your children, should you breed. No one is safe in your life.

"YOU are what we need less of in the world. I worry for the next 'fag' you come across on your next night out, which will happen."

The hate crime was met with condemnation from prominent New Zealand figures including Finance Minister Grant Robertson and The AM Show hosts Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson.


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