Belgian Ambassador's Wife Investigated over Assault

      April 16, 2021 13:18

      Police are investigating the wife of the Belgian ambassador on charges of assaulting a shop assistant in Seoul, but even if she is found guilty she is protected by her diplomatic immunity.

      Police said Thursday they are investigating the 63-year-old wife of Belgian Ambassador Peter Lescouhier, who is accused of slapping the face of a 34-year-old staffer in a clothing store in Hannam-dong on April 9.

      The envoy's wife had already left the store when a staffer followed her out and accused her of shoplifting because she wore a dress from the store. When the staffer had checked that the dress was the woman's own, the woman followed the staffer inside, shook the staffer's arm and demanded to speak to the manager. Another staffer tried to intervene, and the woman slapped her.

      Another customer reported the incident to police. The staffer said, "I didn't know who the woman was when I was assaulted, but she looked confident and didn't seem to be sorry." She complained of a swollen cheek and reddening eyes.

      "I was told by police that it will be hard to press charges due to her diplomatic immunity," the staffer said. The ambassador's wife is reportedly Chinese and used to work for an international organization.

      The Embassy of Belgium declined to comment.

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