10 Jul 2014

Woman wants McCully to resign

9:00 am on 10 July 2014

The woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat case wants Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to resign and apologise for what she calls his incompetent handling of the case, Radio New Zealand reports.

Muhammad Rizalman appeared in the Wellington District Court in May this year on charges of burglary and assault with intent to rape, but later claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country.

A botch-up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) allowed the 35-year-old defence attaché at the Malaysian High Commission to return home.

The law had banned the publication of the 21-year-old Wellington woman's name, but on Wednesday Tania Billingsley asked the courts to lift name suppression so she could talk publicly. Judge Bruce Davidson granted the request.

Billingsley told TV3's Third Degree programme on Wednesday night that it was painful to watch the "incompetent handling" of the case and Murray McCully's reaction in trying to put the blame for what happened on everyone else.

She said she hasn't had a formal apology from anyone and she wants one from McCully.

“Not just for what I feel is a really incompetent handling of the situation, but in his reaction. The fact that even when asked directly about me and things like that that he just kind of brushed it off, and he's so intent on trying to put responsibility on everybody else.”