Hisham on NZ sexual assault case: Action will be taken without fear or favour


PETALING JAYA: Action will be taken on allegations that a defence staff assistant with the Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein on Tuesday.

"Under my leadership at @1MinDef, anyone who is in the wrong will not be above the law. Stern action will be taken without fear or favour," said Hishammuddin on his official Twitter account, @HishamuddinH20. 

Hishammuddin, who went on to respond to tweets from his followers, added "No one! If guilty must face the consequences," when Twitter user @nrenyaj tweeted "H2O @1MinDef alhamdullilah. no one above the law...”

When asked by ‏@satD if he would allow the 38-year old Muhammed Rizalman Ismail to be extradited to New Zealand to face charges or if the military attache would be tried in a military court here, Hishammuddin said he was consulting with Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman on the issue.  

"Need 2 discuss wit @Anifah_myg either way justice will prevail," said Hishammuddin. 

Muhammed Rizalman was allegedly accused of sexually assaulting the 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 was brought to court on May 10 for the charges of burglary and assault with intent to commit rape but has since returned to Malaysia. Each of the offences carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. 

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