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Rizalman to be arrested upon arrival in New Zealand


Malaysian High Commission official Muhammad Rizalman Ismail will be arrested when he arrives in New Zealand in accordance with its law.

According to The New Zealand Herald, Wellington district police commander Superintendent Sam Hoyle said police were working closely with the Crown Law Office of New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) on the legal process and logistical details relating to Muhammad Rizalman’s return.

“This is a unique and complex legal situation, so careful planning is required and no date for his return has been set.

“When someone with a warrant to arrest arrives in New Zealand, the person is met at the border by police, arrested and taken to the nearest court.

“The court can then remand the person in custody, release him at large or release him on bail, with or without conditions. At this time, the next hearing date is also set.”

He said police were continuing to support the victim and had kept her informed throughout the process.

MFAT chief executive John Allen had recently offered to resign over his ministry’s mishandling of the case.

However, Minister Murray McCully declined the offer, but expressed his anger over his officials’ mistakes that led to public embarrassment for the minister and Prime Minister John Key.

Malaysia yesterday agreed to send Muhammad Rizalman back to Wellington, but New Zealand officials have been left red-faced by revelations that they were the ones who had suggested he leave in the first place.

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