Diplomat caught illegally fishing


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The new North Korean ambassador to Germany is in hot water after being caught fishing without a permit in a Berlin river.

Ri Si Hong was caught fishing without a licence by police on the banks of the Havel river in south-west Berlin.

A German foreign ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer, said yesterday that Mr Ri enjoyed diplomatic immunity but had probably got the message after a front-page article about the incident in a German newspaper.

Fishing violations are normally punished with a fine.

Mr Ri has been ambassador since September. The North Korean embassy did not respond to requests for comment.