An American diplomat has been expelled from New Zealand after the US Government refused to waive his diplomatic immunity during a police investigation, according to reports.
The attache, identified in local media as father-of-two Colin White, is believe to have been kicked out of the country after police asked to question him regarding an incident that left him with a broken nose and a black eye.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully called the crime that was under investigation 'serious' according to TVNZ, who identified White.
The family man was a technical attache and worked closely with the Government Communications Security Bureau spy agency, reports suggest.
White, who was born in Alabama, left the scene in Lower Hutt suburb of Tirohanga near Wellington before police arrived Sunday.
There were no arrests and no one was held in custody in regards to the incident.
White was then forced to leave the country when the police asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene.
The ministry then asked the United States to withdraw him from New Zealand.
White worked at the US embassy in Wellington with his wife.
The US State Department defines immunity as a 'principle of international law by which certain foreign government officials are not subject to the jurisdiction of local courts and other authorities for both their official and, to a large extent, their personal activities.'
Basically, diplomats are fairly immune to foreign investigations and prosecutions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade however will waive immunity if the ministry requests 'if there are allegations of serious crimes' according to the Guardian.
The embassy told TVNZ: 'We take seriously any suggestion that our staff have fallen short of the high standards of conduct expected of US Government personnel.'
Colin still could hypothetically be charged for the incident at home in the United States but it is not clear what the charges would be.
The SuperStation95.com has contacted the State Department for comment.