An incident involving a diplomat from the US embassy was brought to the attention of New Zealand police on Sunday, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman says.
MFAT was asked by police on Monday to request a waiver of immunity from the US to enable police to undertake investigations, and did so that day.
The US government has on Friday declined to waive the diplomat’s immunity.
Therefore, MFAT has asked the US to withdraw the staff member in question from New Zealand.
Police were called to an address in Lower Hutt but the man, who works at the embassy in Wellington as a technical attache, had left, apparently nursing a broken nose and a black eye, One News reports.
A US government spokesman says as a matter of policy “we do not comment on the specifics of matters under investigation”.
“We take seriously any suggestion that our staff have fallen short of the high standards of conduct expected of US government personnel.
”Any allegations of wrongdoing are always fully investigated.
It’s not easy being a US diplomat these days. Your host country is likely to be anti-Trump. The diplomat is probably anti-Trump but has to sell the company line. Either way, they will be like lighting rods for stupid people suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
nursing a broken nose and a black eye
You should have seen the other guy.
– NZN via Yahoo! News