Belgian Ambassador to Seoul Peter Lescouhier said on Monday that his wife will submit herself for police investigation over assault allegations.
Authorities in South Korea are investigating an incident involving the ambassador’s wife who allegedly hit a worker from an apparel establishment in the face. Earlier this month, another employee received a slap from the suspect at the back of her head.
The suspect was reported to be asked by the employees if she already purchased the clothes she was wearing as the same item was available at the shop.
Last Thursday, the ambassador represented his wife to air apologies through a press statement.
He claimed that the suspect cannot get back to the probe of the authorities as she suffered from a stroke and was seeking hospital treatment.
Lescouhier notified government officials that his wife will turn in to investigations. He told the foreign ministry that his wife will cooperate with the police probe as she was already released from the hospital, officials said. “The ambassador personally made a phone call (to the foreign ministry) and said he will arrange the time with the police and have his wife undergo an investigation,'” according to a ministry official.
The foreign ministry, through a call, informed the ambassador that the suspect’s frank apology to the employees would be a finer way to clear the air.
The ambassador responded that his wife is completely conscious that she needs to directly say sorry to her victims.
South Korea’s SBS earlier released CCTV camera clips showing the wife dragging her victim’s arm and slapping her in the head. After which, another employee who was trying to meddle also received a slap from her.
The SBS said the clip had been given in order for the “incident never recurs against workers in (the) service sector”.
The incident stirred rage to South Koreans as Lescouhier “sincerely regrets the incident involving his wife”, according to a post by the embassy in social media.
According to media reports, the ambassador’s wife is named Xiang Xueqiu.
While the wife has diplomatic immunity, the embassy said she could turn herself in for a police investigation.
“We hope her health will improve quickly, so she will soon be able to assist with the police investigation, so we can all put this regrettable incident behind us,” the embassy earlier said.