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Diplomat Hongkon Kim faces charges of sexual assault in Wellington, but remains working overseas.
A Korean diplomat who is due to face sexual assault charges in New Zealand remains overseas.
Hongkon Kim had a warrant issued for his arrest by a Wellington District Court judge in late February.
He was due to face a judge-alone trial for three charges of indecent assault on a man over the age of 18.
Kim had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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The charges relate to alleged incidents involving a staffer at the South Korean embassy in Wellington, when Kim was in New Zealand and working for the embassy as counsellor.
Stuff understands that the judge was told in February that Kim had left the country.
A photo posted to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for the Philippines' website on the same date a warrant for his arrest was issued in Wellington, appeared to show him with the Philippines' new police commissioner.
It's understood Kim remains in the Philippines, where he is now Consul-General at the Korean embassy there.
Kim departed New Zealand in February, 2018, and has remained in the Philippines ever since, it's understood.
When he was posted to New Zealand, his official title was counsellor at the South Korean embassy, which has its headquarters in Wellington.
A police spokeswoman said it was not able to respond to queries which sought to establish whether a specific individual is, or has been, subject to a police complaint or investigation.
Police were also unable to confirm whether any extradition attempt was under way.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said the ministry was aware of a police investigation concerning a diplomatic mission in Wellington.
"As this is a police matter we will not be making any comment."
The Embassy of the Republic of Korea has been asked for comment.