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Malaysia to return envoy wanted in sex case to New Zealand

Published on Jul 2, 2014 6:05 PM

A MALAYSIAN envoy who left Wellington after being charged with burglary and sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman will be returned to New Zealand to assist in investigations.

The Malaysian government's decision to send back defence staff assistant Muhammad Rizalman Ismail has been made known to New Zealand's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Murray McCully, this afternoon by his Malaysian counterpart Anifah Aman.

Muhammad Rizalman will be accompanied by a senior military officer from the Minister of Defence, according to a press statement issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

"Malaysia has complete faith in the New Zealand legal system and has full confidence that Mr Muhammad Rizalman will be given fair treatment with dignity as provided under the law," said the statement.

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