26 Oct 2014

High public interest in diplomat - MP

7:13 am on 26 October 2014

Green Party MP Jan Logie says it is natural public interest is high in the case of the former Malaysian defence attache accused of attacking a Wellington woman.

Muhammad Rizalman.

Muhammad Rizalman Photo: FACEBOOK

Muhammad Rizalman flew back into the country yesterday and appeared in the Wellington District Court, where he was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Tuesday.

Mr Rizalman was charged with assault with an intent to rape, and burglary, five months ago but was allowed to return home under diplomatic immunity.

Ms Logie said the public has been rightly concerned.

"An important step for all of us in terms of having confidence in the justice system is that somebody goes through the process and that the alleged victims are given that opportunity to get justice."

Ms Logie said the Green Party had lodged an official information request with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about its inquiry into how Mr Rizalman was allowed to return to Malaysia.

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