Malaysian diplomat to face charges soon in New Zealand

Malaysian diplomat to face charges soon in New Zealand
Muhammad Rizalman Ismail

PETALING JAYA - Second Warrant Officer Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, who was accused of burglary and assault in Wellington, may be sent back to New Zealand this week to face charges, according to the New Zealand Herald.

However, it said that official sources would not confirm or deny reports that the former defence staff assistant at the Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand would be sent back soon.

The Herald on Saturday quoted police as saying that the extradition process was ongoing.

Muhammad Rizalman was detained by New Zealand police on May 9 and was brought to court the following day to face charges of house break-in and sexual assault with intention to rape a 21-year-old woman.

Muhammad Rizalman and his family flew back to Malaysia on May 22, upon which the Defence Ministry immediately launched an investigation into the case.

It was reported that the Wisma Putra had received an official request for Rizalman's extradition on Oct 3.

The Ministry said that in accordance with the Extradition Act 1992 (Malaysia), it had forwarded the request to the Home Ministry and the Attorney-General's Chambers for further action.

Rizalman was discharged from psychiatric evaluation at Tuanku Mizan Military Hospital at the end of July.

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