Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail still on his way back to New Zealand

Personally I welcome the return of the Malaysian Diplomat.  No matter how much political forces have been trying to muddy the legal waters, it is now important we get to know the facts through the legal  process.

The horribly slanted way that Tania Billingsley has presented this issue, aided and abetted by the Green Party and TV3 has painted a picture in the public’s mind that Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail is some sort of random sex fiend that decided to follow Tania home to put his unwanted intentions towards her.

The truth will be much closer to an existing relationship that was strained and where Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail misunderstood his place within it.

The good news is, we are actually going to get a chance to find out.  Michael Botur reports

Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail, initially charged with intending to rape a Wellington woman, will be back in NZ “sometime soon,” Mr McCully told TVNZ’s Q&A. The precise date is “completely in the hands of the lawyers.”

Mr McCully said he had told the Malaysian government that Mr bin Ismail is going to get a fair trial in New Zealand which is “not prejudiced with a lot of loose talk”.

“My job is here to try and make sure that the Malaysian government can have confidence in our system. I’m not going to get tied up in a domestic debate, even though it’s coming close to an election.”

Mr McCully said he told the Malaysian government that Mr Rizalman is going to get a fair trial in New Zealand.

“I’m doing my level best to make sure that’s the case, and that it’s not prejudiced with a lot of loose talk.”

If anything, the tide has shifted against Tania Billingsley as she and her supporters have overegged the pudding, even going as far as having Tania’s dad in the weekend paper screwing the scrum in the hope to repair some of the sympathy that has been lost.

I think New Zealand can indeed guarantee a fair trial.  After the initial shock and terrible connotations associated with the mere idea of rape, things have calmed down now, and the diplomat will be able to balance the story with his own account.

What will be rather damaging to Jan Logie and friends is that it will reveal the deep dark depths they plunged to using Tania for their political games.   But even Tania’s dad is still singing from the same song sheet, having another go at smearing John Key who, it has to be said, wasn’t anywhere near the incident.

Just because Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail misread a relationship and acted like an idiot doesn’t make him a rapist in anything but the technical sense.  After all, nothing akin to rape actually happened.

How the prosecution can prove “intent” is going to be interesting.


– NZ Herald

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