The wife of the Belgian ambassador to South Korea plans to use her diplomatic immunity to escape prosecution for slapping a shop assistant in Seoul, according to media reports.
Korean police were informed of the intention of Xiang Xueqiu — Peter Lescouhier’s wife — to maintain her diplomatic immunity on Sunday, Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported.
Xiang was caught on CCTV apparently slapping a shop assistant in a clothing store last month after another employee had sought to check if the clothes she was wearing belonged to her.
The woman complained about a swollen cheek and said Xiang did not appear to be sorry after the incident, local media reported.
Later, Lescouhier apologized on his wife’s behalf in a statement, saying he “sincerely regrets the incident.” In the same statement, he said Xiang was recovering from a stroke in hospital.
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