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Date to send back Rizalman under discussion

 | July 6, 2014

The Attorney-General's office is working with New Zealand authorities on when to repatriate the diplomat accused of sexual assault.

rezalman_nz_300KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General is working with New Zealand authorities on when to send the official accused of an attack on a young woman in Wellington, back to the country.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said New Zealand authorities had given their assurance to look after the accused while he was in the country.

“Rizalman’s case is under the purview of Wisma Putra. The Attorney-General’s office, the military and foreign office are working closely with New Zealand authorities. The temperature with regard to that case had reduced tremendously compared to when the news broke out,” he told reporters after launching the MH370 Photo Exhibition here today.

Hishammuddin was asked for an update on the case involving Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, a former defence staff assistant at the Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand, who was charged with house breaking and sexual assault with intent to commit rape.

Rizalman, 38, was arrested in New Zealand on May 9 and brought to court the following day to face the charges.

Hishammuddin, however, hoped that justice would be given not only to the accuser in the case, but to the accused as well.

“What’s wrong, is wrong. Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done. That is why we requested that he goes back to New Zealand to help with investigations. That was decided at the Cabinet level,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Malaysian government decided to send Rizalman back to New Zealand to help with investigations into the case, but no specific date was mentioned. – Bernama

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