New Zealand Groping Victim of Korean Diplomat Demands Justice

  • By Roh Suk-jo

    August 20, 2020 13:06

    A New Zealander who accuses a Korean diplomat of sexual harassment in 2017 sent a letter to President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday seeking "fair and just process."

    The letter was emailed to Moon by a lawyer for the man, who had been a locally hired staffer at the Korean Embassy in Wellington at the time of the alleged groping in 2017.

    The diplomat, identified as Kim, has been served with an arrest warrant by a court in Wellington but enjoys diplomatic impunity.

    The victim claimed that Korea's Foreign Ministry denied him a chance "to speak to any investigators with support persons present" and requested another "fair independent investigation."

    He claimed he tried to resolve the issue through talks with the ministry, but the efforts were derailed by the ministry's decision to let Kim off with a slap on the wrist. Kim had one month's pay docked and was sent to the Philippines, where he was consul general until the ministry buckled under a media storm and recalled him last month.

    Kim is accused of groping the victim on three occasions. The case was dug up recently by the New Zealand media, and the country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought it up in a phone call with Moon on July 28. 

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