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Newsline: Fijian Ambassador Accused of Pooch Theft

The Fijian ambassador to Korea and his wife have been booked on charges of stealing dogs. Yongsan police said that the ambassador and his wife are accused of running off with a Shih Tzu and a Pekingese in February this year after the owner of a bar in Itaewon handed them over for the couple to hold while he closed the venue. Based on the bar owner’s account and surveillance camera footage, police summoned the ambassador and his wife for questioning last week. But the two did not turn up. “The ambassador and his wife deny the accusation claiming they thought the bar owner had given the dogs to them,” a police investigator said. Police have now retrieved the animals and returned them to their owner. Police say another summons will be sent to the couple later this month. If they ignore it again, police intend to hand the case over to prosecutors. The couple are not expected to face criminal penalties because they enjoy diplomatic immunity.



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