New Zealand has expelled A US diplomat after USA refused to waive diplomatic immunity so police investigating a serious crime could question him, officials said Monday.
Details of the alleged crime have not been revealed but local media reported the diplomat left the New Zealand last week suffering a broken nose and black eye.
New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has said the US knockback on immunity regrettable and said he expected US authorities to carry out their own investigation. He said, “We expect all diplomats here to obey our law and if it’s broken we’d expect our police to investigate.”
Earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said he was “disappointed” at the US refusal and in response had asked for the man at the centre of the police investigation to be withdrawn from New Zealand.
He said New Zealand’s ambassador in Washington had raised the issue with US officials.
Police said they were called to an incident in Lower Hutt, on Wellington’s outskirts, in the early hours of March 12, which “involved an individual from the US embassy in Wellington”.
By the time they arrived the person had left the scene and no arrests were made.
Local media named the diplomat as Colin White and said he left Wellington with his wife and children.