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Sunday July 6, 2014 MYT 12:15:00 PM
Sunday July 6, 2014 MYT 5:33:56 PM
by rahmah ghazali
PETALING JAYA: The wanted Malaysian Warrant Officer 2 Muhammad Rizalman Ismail (pic) may not be well enough to travel to New Zealand on Monday to face a sexual assault charge.
News daily The New Zealand Herald reported Sunday that his doctors, who are treating him at Tuanku Mizan Military Hospital, had warned that he may not be fit to travel.
Quoting a source from the hospital, the report said that the 38-year-old man was "not looking good" and might need further tests.
According to the hospital staff in the report, Rizalman seemed withdrawn and depressed.
A senior doctor also confirmed that he might need further psychiatric evaluation.
Rizalman, a defence staff assistant with the Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand, is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman at her home in Wellington.
He reportedly followed the young woman back to her home in Brooklyn on the night of May 9 and is alleged to have assaulted her with the intent to rape.
He and his family returned to Malaysia on May 22 after the Malaysian High Commission reportedly turned down a request by New Zealand's Ministry of the Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to seek a waiver of his diplomatic immunity in order for him to face charges there.
However on July 2, Malaysia decided to send him back to New Zealand to "assist in the investigation" and was expected to travel by Monday.
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