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Malaysian diplomat returning to New Zealand

Malaysian diplomat returning to New Zealand

Superintendent Sam Hoyle, Wellington District Police Commander:

Police are working closely with Crown Law and MFAT on the legal process and logistical details to facilitate Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail's return to New Zealand. This is a unique and complex legal situation so careful planning is required and no date for his return has been set. Police are continuing to support the victim and have kept her up to date.

When someone with a warrant to arrest arrives in New Zealand they are met at the border by Police, arrested and taken to the nearest court. The court can then remand them in custody, release them at large or release them on bail, with or without conditions. At this time the next hearing date is also set.

As the matter is before the courts it is not appropriate for Police to make any further comment about the circumstances of the offences. We would also encourage other commentators on this matter to be very wary of the potential implications of their actions on any legal process.


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