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Malaysian FM: accused diplomat to be extradited if NZ requests

English.news.cn   2014-07-01 15:58:30

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said here Tuesday that the Malaysian diplomat facing charges of burglary and assault with the intent to commit rape in New Zealand would be extradited if there was a request from the New Zealand government.

"If that is necessary and there is request from New Zealand, and they think the investigation is not done properly," he said at a press conference.

Anifah said the alleged diplomat, Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, was a 38-year-old defense staff assistant with the rank of Second Warrant Officer.

The man evaded the charges in New Zealand by claiming diplomatic immunity and returning home last month.

"Diplomatic immunity is not a license for them to commit crime, " Anifah said.

The Malaysian government was giving full cooperation to the New Zealand side and stern action would be taken if he was found guilty, he said, adding that the accused diplomat was being investigated and may be tried by a martial court.

Malaysia was named Tuesday as the home country of a diplomat who allegedly tried to rape a woman in the New Zealand capital in May, after a public outcry at the court suppression of the man's identity.

The accused appeared in the Wellington District Court the same month on charges of burglary and assault of a 21-year-old woman with intent to rape, Radio New Zealand reported.

Editor: Fu Peng
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