Update: The man was later named in a New Zealand Herald report as
“Muhammed Rizalman Bin Ismail, a junior military official at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington…” source
A diplomat has been given name suppression in New Zealand for alleged burglary and the attempted rape of a woman in Wellington.
Diplomatic immunity case now officially Pythonesque.”Host country” media talk openly, its minister gives interviews but NZ media gagged.
— Vernon Small (@VernonSmall) July 1, 2014
Even though the name and country of the man has been suppressed in New Zealand, the location of the arrest was released. People have used that information to guess which High Commission was involved .
New Zealand news reports said:
A male aged in his 30s was arrested in the Wellington suburb of Brooklyn on the night of Friday May 9, police said today.
Prime Minister John Key confirmed the man was a foreign diplomat and that he escaped prosecution on a serious charge after invoking diplomatic immunity.
Police laid charges of burglary and assault with intent to rape after he allegedly followed a 21-year-old woman and assaulted her.
However they say they were unable to proceed with the prosecution after “legal issues” were established, a police spokesman said today. The alleged offender had since left New Zealand but the charges remained active and and (sic) a warrant to arrest for the man had been issued by the court.
That meant if the man was to return to New Zealand at any time he would be likely to face prosecution for his alleged offences, the spokesman added…”
The Malaysian High Commission is located in Brooklyn, Wellington and some Malaysian sites are already asking if one of their citizens was involved.
One site has also published a list of staff : See http://weehingthong.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/our-shame-is-it-our-diplomat-who-is-wanted-for-burglary-and-assault-with-intent-to-rape/.
The Malaysia – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and NZ’s Rape Culture
The Malaysia – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement was signed on 26 October 2009 in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia is New Zealand’s eighth largest export destination, reaching almost 8 billion dollars worth of exports in 2008. It was ratified by the Parliament of New Zealand on 24 June 2010 and entered into force on 1 August 2010.” source
Presumably to take the matter further will damage trade relationships between the two countries to New Zealand’s detriment. New Zealand received international criticism for its rape culture after the Roastbuster debacle, its failure to bring the alleged perpetrator to justice will do nothing to dispel that image.
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