The New Zealand government has released documents rebutting Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman hours after he claimed that Wellington offered to allow a Malaysian diplomat suspected of sexual assault to return home.
The documents showed that Malaysia also asked for the charges against Muhammad Rizalman Ismail for burglary and assault with the intent to rape be dropped.
One of the documents released is the Malaysian High Commission's letter to New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).
"The High Commission of Malaysia would like to also seek the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand and the New Zealand police to kindly consider sealing all documentation pertaining to the above mentioned matter and withdrawing all charges against Muhammad Rizalman Ismail,” read the May 21 letter, sighted by Malaysiakini.
The letter was in response to another letter from MFAT, dated May 10 to the Malaysian High Commission requesting that Rizalman's diplomatic immunity be waived for him to face legal action in New Zealand.
"The High Commission of Malaysia has the honour to inform that the government of Malaysia will not waive the personal immunity granted to Muhammad Rizalman Ismail and has decided that he should be repatriated to Malaysia as soon as possible.
"Should the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand accept this arrangement, the High Commission proposes to send him and his family back home on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 1.15pm by MH130," read the letter from the Malaysian mission.
The documents were released today, upon a request by Fairfax Media, under New Zealand’s freedom of information law.