PETALING JAYA - The alleged sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman by a Malaysian diplomat in Wellington has sparked off a debate in New Zealand, with cries that he be brought back to face charges there.
The New Zealand Herald quoted Prime Minister John Key as saying that although the country was bound by the Vienna Convention with regards to the diplomat's immunity from prosecution, he expected the man "to face the consequences for his actions".
New Zealanders are also peeved that the diplomat was allowed to leave the country in anonymity following a suppression order by a New Zealand court not to reveal his identity or domicile.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman yesterday identified the man as a diplomatic staff in the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said he expected the diplomat to face the consequences of his actions, adding that "our government has taken all appropriate steps to have the diplomat stand trial in New Zealand".
New Zealand police told The Herald on Sunday that they had sufficient evidence to also charge the diplomat with assault with intent to rape.