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Malaysian sex-case diplomat asks for delay in return to New Zealand

Published on Jul 4, 2014 10:04 AM
Mr Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, who was allowed to leave New Zealand after an alleged sexual assault in May 2014, will return to the country to face charges. -- PHOTO: THE STAR

WELLINGTON - The Malaysian diplomat who is facing charges for sexual assault in New Zealand wants his return to the country to be deferred until after the Islamic fasting month.

A source in Kuala Lumpur has told the New Zealand Herald that Rizalman has asked to remain in the Malaysian capital until after Hari Raya, which falls on July 28 and marks the end of Ramadan.

However, it is understood the request will not be entertained, with a Malaysian foreign affairs official saying the diplomatic corps warrant officer will be sent back "as soon as possible", the newspaper reported.

A doctor at the Tuanku Mizan Military Hospital, where Rizalman is being held for tests on his mental and emotional condition, said he would not be discharged until the medical examinations were complete.

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