Ambassador netted for fishing gaffe
Published 21/01/2012 | 05:03
The new North Korean ambassador to Germany has been caught by police for fishing without a permit in a Berlin river.
Foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Ri Si Hong enjoys diplomatic immunity but has probably got the message following front-page tabloid articles about the incident that "fishing in Germany is a pursuit that is very strictly regulated".
Police said the suspect, who they would not name, was cited for fishing without a licence on the banks of the Havel river in south-western Berlin.
The North Korean embassy did not return an email seeking comment and its telephones were not working.
Mr Ri has been ambassador since September.
Fishing offences are normally punished with a fine.