Kuwait re­moved diplo­mat from New Zealand fol­low­ing al­leged as­sault: Re­port

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait with­drew one of its diplo­mats from New Zealand fol­low­ing an al­le­ga­tion of as­sault, sev­eral me­dia out­lets in New Zealand re­ported. The en­voy was re­moved after the Mid­dle Eastern coun­try de­clined to waive diplo­matic im­mu­nity, NZ Her­ald re­ported yes­ter­day.

The po­lice said they were called to a cen­tral Welling­ton ad­dress in the early morn­ing of Novem­ber 18, 2015. “This in­volved an al­le­ga­tion of as­sault by a diplo­mat from the Em­bassy of the State of Kuwait.”

But the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion halted when a re­quest on their be­half last year by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade for Kuwait to waive diplo­matic im­mu­nity was re­jected. As a re­sult, the Min­istry asked Kuwait to with­draw the diplo­mat. The Min­istry would not name the diplo­mat. “The process of diplo­matic im­mu­nity is set out in long-es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional law un­der the Vi­enna Con­ven­tion on Con­sular Re­la­tions 1963,” the Min­istry said.

“New Zealand is ex­plic­itly clear with diplo­matic mis­sions that we ex­pect them to act in ac­cor­dance with New Zealand laws, and that we will re­quest im­mu­nity be waived if al­le­ga­tions of a se­ri­ous crime are made.”

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