Confusion and anger over the death of a young Tunisian flight attendant are growing, as conflicting reports have emerged surrounding the man’s disappearance in Indonesia.
Aziz Farhat, a flight attendant for Qatar Airways, was reported missing around two weeks ago in Bali, Indonesia, before he was found dead in a local hospital on Saturday. Local police determined that Farhat had been the victim of a hit-and-run road accident shortly after leaving his hotel on October 18th.
According to Indonesian media, the accident was confirmed by multiple eyewitnesses who said that Farhad appeared to have died on impact. The man responsible for the car accident has been arrested, pending charges in Indonesia, reports indicate.
However, Farhat’s family are not convinced by the Indonesian government’s narrative, claiming that he was instead a likely victim of organized crime. Farhat’s uncle, Imed Farhat, said that Indonesian police, notorious for violence and corruption, were possibly involved in his nephew’s death.
The uncle also said that the injuries Farhat sustained–which included heavy bruising around the neck and head area–were not consistent with the government’s account.
Family sources claim that Farhat was also found missing expensive belongings and a substantial amount of cash, according to Kapitalis, and that an autopsy of the man’s body revealed multiple stab wounds.
“The Indonesian government is looking to cover up the crime,” said Imed Farhat to Tunisian media. “…The facts about the case do not stick together.”
Aziz Farhat, originally from Ariana, Tunis, had been employed as a flight attendant for Qatar Airways for two years.
His uncle said that family members have been distraught over Farhat’s death, and that he will be sorely missed by those close to him.
“Aziz was so nice,” his uncle said. “…He was a talented artist. He used to paint and made many portraits. Some of his paintings still decorate the walls of my house. We can never forget him.”
Rahma is preparing a master thesis in Anglo-American studies. She is interested in politics and foreign affairs. Since the outbreak of the Tunisian revolution, she volunteered for several Tunisian associations such as ATIDE, Sawty and others. She writes articles about post-revolution Tunisia.