Malaysian officer to serve 9 months for New Zealand assault

AP News
Posted: Feb 03, 2016 9:56 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Malaysian military officer whose legal case prompted outrage after he left New Zealand under the protection of diplomatic immunity has been sentenced to nine months of home detention after pleading guilty to indecent assault.

New Zealand Judge David Collins said Thursday Muhammad Rizalman Ismail will serve the sentence in a Wellington rental home before being deported back to Malaysia.

Rizalman was arrested in May 2014 after he broke into the home of a 21-year-old woman, entered her bedroom wearing nothing but a shirt and struggled with her before she escaped and called police.

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He returned to Malaysia soon after under diplomatic protection. New Zealand initially blamed Malaysia but then conceded its own officials may have helped facilitate Rizalman's departure.

He was extradited back to New Zealand in November 2014.