Sunday, July 15, 2012

The not so diplomatic diplomat

The foreign ministry of South Korea has suspended a senior diplomat in Auckland from regular duties for alleged ethical lapses, a ministry official said yesterday.

The consul general in Auckland, whose name was withheld, was called home on June 15 after being accused of engaging in a scuffle with a fellow Korean official posted in New Zealand and sexually harassing female embassy staff.

The ministry will hold a disciplinary committee on Tuesday to decide the level of punishment for the diplomat, the official said on the condition of anonymity.

The consul general has been accused of allegedly touching some female staff at a karaoke bar in Auckland, but he denied the allegations.