8 Jul 2014

PM sure Malaysia will send diplomat

4:08 pm on 8 July 2014

Prime Minister John Key says he's sure the Malaysian government will honour its decision last week to return to New Zealand a diplomat who left the country in May after being charged with sexual assault and burglary.

Muhammad Rizalman.

Muhammad Rizalman. Photo: FACEBOOK

There is confusion over when Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail will be sent back following reports he has been in a military hospital for several days with symptoms of depression.

Mr Key on Tuesday he has no reason to think the Malaysian government is playing games, and its foreign minister would never have agreed to return Mr Rizalman if he hadn't meant it.