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Diplomat to face inquiry in Malaysia for alleged crimes in New Zealand

Published on Jul 2, 2014 11:26 AM
Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Anifah Aman during the press conference at Wisma Putra on the alleged offences committed by a Malaysian Defence Staff Assistant at the High Commisssion of Malaysia in New Zealand. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Despite an earlier tussle over where he should face charges, diplomatic aide Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, who is accused of sexual assault and burglary in New Zealand, is set to be tried in Malaysia.

The Warrant Officer 2 will face a Board of Inquiry set up by the Defence Ministry and if the accusations are found to be true, he will be court-martialled.
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, who spoke to Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman on Tuesday, conceded that Malaysia had acted "entirely in good faith".

He said his ministry had provided him the official correspondence on the matter between both countries.

"While the formal request is absolutely unambiguous in seeking the lifting of immunity, it is now clear to me that officials engaged in informal communications over what is a complex case, in a manner that would have been ambiguous to the Malaysian Government. I can say the Malaysian side has acted entirely in good faith," he said in a statement.

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