U.S. diplomat ejected from New Zealand after mysterious incident

Foreign Minister Murray McCully said in a statement on Saturday he was advised of the incident by his staff on the morning of March 12, shortly after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was advised by police.

If an interview goes ahead, police can then seek a further waiver so they can prosecute the diplomat.

An American diplomat has been expelled from New Zealand over allegations that he was involved in a serious criminal incident that saw him sustain a black eye and broken nose.

"We expect all diplomats here to obey our law, and if it is broken we would expect our police to investigate", English said.

Mr McCully said he was kept informed of MFAT's decision to request a diplomatic immunity waiver.

Asked if the decision not to waive immunity reflected a new policy under the Trump Administration, English said that was a question for United States authorities and he was unable to answer it. Police requested to speak with the man, but the U.S. Embassy denied it, BBC reported Sunday.

The US government declined to waive the diplomat's immunity on Friday.

In a statement, the U.S. embassy said it could not comment specifically on matters under investigation.

Prof Gillespie said it may take some time for the United States to look into the situation and make a decision.

The ministry agreed to the request because the alleged crime was serious, meaning one which carries a penalty of imprisonment of one year of more.

A US embassy spokeswoman last night told 1News: "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". During his stay in New Zealand, he had reportedly been working with the country's special service, GCSB. He added he doesn't know if the failure to waive immunity was the result of a new Trump administration policy.

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