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Yarra Council releases statement after councillor assault

The City of Yarra Council has released a statement in relation to an assault against one of its female councillors last month.

Council said Councillor Anab Mohamud (pictured) sustained serious facial and eye injuries in the alleged assault. 

“Cr Mohamud was taken to hospital after the incident where she was treated for the injuries and this matter has been reported to Victoria Police who are investigating further,” Council said in a statement today.

“Cr Mohamud has taken a leave of absence from council duties while she recovers from her injuries and Council is providing support and assistance to the councillor at this time.”

“Yarra Council does not condone violence of any sort.”

Video footage obtained by The Age shows Cr Mohamud and a male companion walking down Bray Street about 4am on April 11, when she stops outside a caged smoking area to the rear of Chasers nightclub, the newspaper reported.

A member of the Australian Greens, Cr Mohamud then appears to become involved in a heated exchange with a patron, before appearing to grab at their wig.

The Age was told a patron opened an emergency door and pursued Cr Mohamud along Bray Street before the altercation occurred.

An ambulance was called, but Cr Mohamud reportedly left before it arrived.

Council’s website states that Cr Mohamud came to Australia as a Somali refugee 20 years ago.

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