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Extradition of Malaysian diplomat being investigated by Wellington police

The Wellington district police commander Superintendent Sam Hoyle said this afternoon that police are continuing to investigate the legal complexities of extraditing the Malaysian diplomat, accused of sexual assault, who fled from Wellington last month. He said police want to achieve “the best outcome for the victim and for justice.”

Media release from NZ Police
Police are continuing to support the victim in this case. There are currently two charges before the court, for burglary and assault with intent to rape, and there are warrants to arrest in relation to both those charges.

Police are continuing to work with Crown Law and MFAT to consider all the options which would achieve the best outcome for the victim and for justice. This includes pursuing extradition and Police are working with Crown Law and MFAT to establish the legal foundation for this. Given the complexities of this case, this process will take some time to work through and we will keep the victim updated regularly as things are progressed.

As the charges are still currently before the court, and there is potential that the circumstances of the offending could be played out under a range of jurisdictions, it is not appropriate for any comment to be made publicly about the circumstances of the offence.

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