Wisma Putra receives Official Request for Extradition of Ex-Defense Staff Assistant
09 October 2014 | Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's Foreign Ministry has received an official request for the extradition of Second Warrant Officer Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, a former defence staff assistant at the Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand, who was accused of burglary and assault in Wellington.

Wisma Putra in a statement today said that it received the official request for the extradition on Oct 3, approximately five months after the case first transpired.

The ministry said in accordance with the Extradition Act 1992 (Malaysia), it had forwarded the request to the Home Ministry and the Attorney-General's Chambers for further action.

"Given the excellent bilateral relations between Malaysia and New Zealand, as well as taking into account the strong public interest in the case, the extradition request will undergo the due process of the law," it said.

As such, the Foreign Ministry in the statement categorically refuted the claims by some parties that Malaysia was "dragging its feet on the matter".

Muhammad Rizalman was detained by New Zealand police on May 9 and was brought to court the following day to face charges of house break-in and sexual assault with intention to rape a 21-year-old woman.

Muhammad Rizalman and his family were flown back to Malaysia on May 22, upon which the defence ministry immediately launched an investigation into the case.

The Foreign Ministry in the statement said that Malaysia would continue to work closely with New Zealand to ensure that the rights of all the parties related to the case were respected and protected.


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