The Green Party has confirmed MP Golriz Ghahraman is currently overseas as police look into an incident where she was reportedly accused of shoplifting.

Ghahraman is currently overseas on a personal trip, which the party said had been planned months before the incident at a boutique Auckland clothes shop.

It’s believed she left New Zealand days after the incident.

The MP has remained tight-lipped about the accusations after she stepped aside from her parliamentary portfolios yesterday “until the matter could be resolved”.

A police spokesperson confirmed earlier today that a “report was received about an incident at a Ponsonby retailer on December 23”.

“Initial enquiries are still being made into this report and police are not able to comment further at this stage.”

Police clarified the original report was made on the same day of the incident, RNZ reports. Meanwhile, a worker at Scotties Boutique reportedly told RNZ they had been scheduled to speak with police again today.

The Ponsonby store has declined to comment on the claims made about Ghahraman when approached by 1News and other media.

Yesterday, Newstalk ZB reported that it understood a person had accused the prominent MP of shoplifting from the store.

The Green Party has confirmed it is “aware of allegations regarding MP Golriz Ghahraman and is in contact with Scotties Boutique to better understand and address them.”

The party has remain tight-lipped about when it first knew about the allegations.

Before entering politics Ghahraman was a human rights lawyer and was the first MP with a refugee background to enter Parliament.