The highest-ranked official at New Zealand’s embassy in the US planted a hidden camera in a unisex bathroom in 2017, a crown prosecutor has said in his opening address in court.
Alfred Keating, a former New Zealand naval commodore, appeared in Auckland District Court Monday to face trial for a charge of attempting to intentionally make an intimate visual recording. If convicted, he could face up to a year and a half in prison.
At the time of the discovery, Keating was the highest-ranked New Zealand official at the embassy, according to CNN affiliate Radio NZ, and had immunity from prosecution in the United States. Keating no longer works for the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Keating has pleaded not guilty to the charge. His defense lawyer Ron Mansfield told CNN he would not comment on the case as the trial was ongoing.