New Zealand woman in sex assault case speaks out

AP News
Posted: Jul 09, 2014 6:30 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a Malaysian military official has decided to identify herself and is criticizing the handling of her case.

Twenty-one-year-old Tania Billingsley on Wednesday told television network TV3 she thinks New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully should resign because he didn't keep track of the case and later tried to blame others for missteps.

McCully said in a statement he'd publicly apologized to Billingsley for "the poor management of this case."

Muhammad Rizalman Ismail was working at Malaysia's Embassy in Wellington when he was detained May 9 and later charged with burglary and assault with intent to rape.

He claimed diplomatic immunity and returned home May 22.

Malaysia has since promised he will return to face the charges.