NZ sexual assault case: Rizalman has a history of depression, Herald reports

NZ sexual assault case: Rizalman has a history of depression, Herald reports

PETALING JAYA- It will take more than a couple of days for the evaluation report on former defence assistant Muhammad Rizalman Ismail to be completed, according to The New Zealand Herald on Friday.

The Herald understands that the diplomatic aide, who is being sought in New Zealand to investigate allegations of burglary and assault with intent to rape a 21-year-old woman, has a history of depression.

A doctor at the hospital where Muhammed Rizalman, 38, is being held for tests on his mental and emotional condition, told the Herald that the Warrant Officer 2 would not be discharged until the medical examinations were complete.

"We are still waiting for the reports to the tests and then doctors still need to write their report," the doctor said.

"It would take more than a couple of days, so it's highly unlikely Muhammed Rizalman will go before the weekend."

Muhammed Rizalman's wife and three children are being housed at a military apartment near the hospital and visit him daily.

A source in Kuala Lumpur told the Herald that Muhammed Rizalman has asked to remain in the Malaysian capital until after Hari Raya.

However, it is understood that the request will not be entertained with a Malaysian foreign affairs official saying the diplomatic corps warrant officer will be sent back "as soon as possible".

A senior military officer from Malaysia will accompany the former defence staff assistant at the Malaysia High Commission back to New Zealand.

Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the Malaysian Government would provide legal assistance to Muhammed Rizalman if necessary.

The Government said Muhammed Rizalman was expected to return "within a matter of days, not a matter of weeks," the Herald reported.

It said that there is an active warrant for his arrest in New Zealand. Muhammed Rizalman would be arrested at the border as soon as he arrives in the country and would be taken to the nearest court.

He was allegedly accused of sexually assaulting the woman at her home in Wellington.

He reportedly followed the young woman back to her home in Brooklyn on the night of May 9 and is alleged to have assaulted her with the intent to rape.

Muhammed Rizalman was brought to court on May 10 for the charges of burglary and assault with intent to commit rape but has since returned to Malaysia.

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