One of the four men accused of assaulting lorry driver Nasrul Faiz Zulfahmi in Bukit Antarabangsa on Jan 14 had previously been acquitted of double murder.
Business owner Tengku Hazrul Shah Tengku Hamid, who together with three others yesterday claimed trial to charges of rioting in connection with the assault, was reportedly acquited of double murder in May 2007.
According to a report in The Star, Tengku Hazrul Shah was however re-arrested under the Emergency Ordinance, along with two out of the four who were alleged to have killed Ti Chee Khew, 29, and Loh Cheng Hye, 42, at the 6.4km point of the Genting Highlands–Kuala Lumpur road on June 19, 2003 at about 4am.
All four, including Tengku Hazrul's younger brother Tengku Khairul Nizam, were reportedly charged with the double murder on September 4, 2003.
In connection with the Nasrul's assault, Tengku Hazrul was charged along with business owner Vigneswaran Thirvadamany, Kuala Lumpur City Hall officer Mohd Neezam Jelani and driver Izakri Zakaria under Section 147 of the Penal Code for being present, joining, or being part of a riot which can cause injury.
They were accused of committing the offences at the Puncak Athenaeum condominium about 2.30pm on Jan 14.
A video clip of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed a man clad in a green T-shirt pinning Nasrul to the ground and repeatedly hitting him.
Following this, several other individuals arrived at the scene and repeatedly kicked the man who was on the ground.
The video recording of the assault was accompanied with a message that claimed the victim was assaulted for accidentally reversing into a Mercedes-Benz belonging to a 'Datuk'.
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar, however, said no 'Datuk' was involved in the case.