Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail
The Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail
facing charges for sexual assault wants his return to New
Zealand to be deferred until after Ramadan.
A source in Kuala Lumpur has told the Herald Rizalman has
asked to remain in the Malaysian capital until after Hari
Raya, which falls on July 28 and marks the end of the Islamic
However, it is understood the request will not be entertained
with a Malaysian foreign affairs official saying the
diplomatic corps warrant officer will be sent back "as soon
A doctor at the Tuanku Mizan Military Hospital, where
Rizalman is being held for tests on his mental and emotional
condition, said he would not be discharged until the medical
examinations were complete.
"We are still waiting for the reports to the tests and then
the doctors still need to write their report," the doctor
"It would take more than a couple of days, so it's highly
unlikely Rizalman will go before the weekend."
The Herald understands the diplomat has a history of
His wife and three children are being housed at a military
apartment near the hospital and visit him daily.
A senior military officer from Malaysia will accompany the
former defence staff assistant at the Malaysia High
Commission back to New Zealand.
Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman said the
Malaysian Government would provide legal assistance to
Rizalman if necessary.
The Government said Rizalman was expected to return "within a
matter of days, not a matter of weeks".
There is an active warrant for his arrest in New Zealand, and
police said he would be arrested at the border as soon as he
arrives in the country and taken to the nearest court.
Green MP Jan Logie, who has been speaking to the victim, said
the 21-year-old woman had welcomed the decision to have
Rizalman tried in New Zealand.
"She is pleased that he will be coming back to New Zealand to
Meanwhile, Prime Minister John Key has directly criticised
the MFAT deputy chief of protocol who gave Malaysia the
impression New Zealand was happy for Rizalman to leave the
country and escape the charges.