Kuwait has removed its ambassador from New Zealand as police sought to charge him with assaulting a woman. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) tried to get Kuwait to waive immunity for the diplomat but this was refused, meaning police could not charge the man following the alleged assault in central Wellington.
This led to MFAT asking the Kuwait government to withdraw the diplomat – understood to be ambassador Ahmed Bader Razouqi – from New Zealand. More than three months after the alleged assault, the diplomat was quietly shuffled out of New Zealand and faced no charges.
Police this week confirmed they were called to a home in central Wellington early on a Wednesday morning, in November 2015. A woman there had received minor injuries. “This involved an allegation of assault by a diplomat from the Embassy of the State of Kuwait,” police said. “The incident was investigated, and police liaised with MFAT during the course of their inquiries”. “Police were unable to progress the matter further as a request to waive diplomatic immunity was declined.”
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