Belgium is ending the posting of its ambassador to South Korea after his wife assaulted a woman in Seoul.
CCTV footage of the incident shows Peter Lescouhier’s wife, Xiang Xueqiu, slapping a shop assistant in April this year
The incident took place on 9 April this year at a clothing shop in Yongsan-gu, Seoul.
Ms. Xiang, 63, had spent around an hour trying on clothes before she left, South Korean media report.
A member of staff followed her as she left the shop to make sure the clothes she wore – originally from the same shop – were not newly acquired and not paid for.
The ambassador’s wife then followed the employee back into the shop and, in a confrontation caught on CCTV, pushed and slapped another staff member who had tried to intervene.
Police questioned Ms. Xiang on 6 May.
The development however prompted Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes to end Mr. Lescouhier’s posting this summer after three years in the role.
In April, Mr. Lescouhier apologized for his wifeâ€™s â€śunacceptableâ€ť behavior, the Belgian foreign ministry said.
While Mr. Lescouhier had served his country with dedication, “the current situation” did not “allow him to further carry out his role in a serene way”, the embassy said in a Facebook post.
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