Kiwi diplomat faces questioning over bar incident in Korea

Kiwi diplomat faces questioning over bar incident in Korea

The New Zealand Government has waived immunity for a diplomat in South Korea after an alleged incident at a bar.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says he signed the document earlier this month to allow local police to interview the man, who is connected to the New Zealand embassy there.

Korean media reports the unnamed diplomat was questioned by police after allegedly trying to obstruct police officers at a bar in Itaewon.

The Korea Times says officers tried to arrest two of the New Zealander's companions for allegedly molesting a female bar worker and then assaulting a security guard.

"As police tried to arrest the two, the diplomat allegedly pushed them and kicked the patrol car."

While Mr McCully didn't want to comment on what happened, he said media reports from Korea were "to the best of my knowledge completely incorrect".

"And certainly they're incorrect about the process anyway."

He says there are many New Zealand officials from a number of agencies which have diplomatic immunity.

It wasn't a case that the diplomat invoked immunity, but it was applied until the Government lifted it.

Lifting immunity allowed police to interview the man, but Mr McCully didn't know if that had happened yet.

"I think it's well-established that we expect diplomats in New Zealand to behave well and be accountable under our laws and we try and take the same approach in other people's jurisdictions."

Prime Minister John Key agreed, saying if someone had done something wrong "they need to be held to account".

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