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Malaysia making arrangements to send accused ex-diplomat back to New Zealand

The Malaysian government is in the process of arranging for Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, formerly the defence staff assistant at the High Commission of Malaysia in Wellington, to be sent back to New Zealand.

SINGAPORE: The Malaysian government said it is in the process of arranging for former diplomat Muhammad Rizalman Ismail to be sent back to New Zealand to face criminal charges.

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The Malaysian and New Zealand government are in discussions regarding the legal procedures to enable the extradition to be done according to the applicable laws, the Malaysia Government said in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 5).

"Both Malaysia and New Zealand are committed to ensure that the arrangement to transfer transfer Muhammad Rizalman is handled in a tactful seamless manner, is seamless and in accordance the due process of law, and respecting his fundamental rights," the statement read.

Muhammad Rizalman, formerly the defence staff assistant at the High Commission of Malaysia in Wellington, was charged in a New Zealand court with burglary and assault with intent to commit rape. He was arrested in Wellington after allegedly following a 21-year-old woman and attacking her in her home.

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