NZ Prime Minister John Keys (pic) told media this morning that his administration had demanded that the man’s diplomatic immunity be waived but were rebuffed.
This follows the man having “fled” New Zealand to return to his own country when he invoked diplomatic immunity after his arrest on May 9.
The diplomat, said to be in his 30s, was detained for having allegedly followed a 21-year-old woman to her house, then sexually assaulting her. He was also charged with burglary over the same incident.
According to Malaysiakini, sources have revealed that the accused was a Malaysian diplomat who had been based at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington.
“It was our strong preference that this person be held to account in New Zealand, but this was refused by the sending country,”
source: Malaysian Insider