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  1. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Britain grants diplomatic immunity to Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni

    Posted May 14th 2014, 08:35pm by GDN

    ... temporary diplomatic immunity to a prominent Israeli politician in advance of a visit to Britain this week to protect her against arrest and potential prosecution for alleged breaches of international law, including war crimes. The Foreign Office confirmed "special mission" status- effectively, diplomatic immunity- has been granted to Tzipi Livni, Israel's justice ...

  2. News - World

    Envoy invokes immunity to escape sex crime charge in New Zealand

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 12:43am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington Immunity allows envoy to escape sex charge A foreign diplomat facing sex charges in New Zealand has escaped prosecution after invoking diplomatic ... rejected. "The country invoked diplomatic immunity. The person has gone back to their home country. My understanding is that there is an investigation being undertaken in their home ...

  3. News - Asia - INDIA

    Indian diplomat’s claim of immunity challenged by US prosecutors

    Posted Feb 01st 2014, 11:50am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York The Indian diplomat whose December arrest led to a major international dispute holds no immunity from US prosecution and should continue to faces charges of visa fraud, ... office argues in the court filings that Khobragade is a former diplomat and not immune from prosecution. Khobragade “currently enjoys no diplomatic status, and at the time of her arrest, ...

  4. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Venezuelan diplomat held in Aruba on US drug charges freed

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 09:39pm by AP

    ... that he did in fact have immunity. He also declared Carvajal "persona non grata"- a term used by governments to remove foreign diplomats. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said ... Associated Press in Bogota, Colombia Aruba releases diplomat held on US drug charges Aruba has released a former Venezuelan spy chief who was detained on US drug charges when he arrived ...

  5. News - Asia - MALAYSIA

    Malaysia vows to investigate diplomat who fled sex charges in New Zealand

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 12:57pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Putrajaya Charged with burglary and assault with intent to rape, diplomat fled New Zealand after invoking diplomatic immunity, but may be sent back Malaysia vows ... with burglary and assault with intent to commit rape. But the case was dropped when he invoked diplomatic immunity. He also reportedly refused to submit a DNA sample. Both Muhammad Rizalman's name ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - DIPLOMACY

    Diplomatic immunity granted 11 times in Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 12:00am by Lana Lam

    ... IMMUNITY IN 11 CASES Fewer than a dozen diplomats have been granted immunity from criminal prosecution since China regained sovereignty over Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, according to figures released by the Hong Kong government. Under rules enshrined in the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, three foreign nationals escaped criminal charges by invoking diplomatic immunity ...

  7. News - Asia

    New Zealand admits Malaysian diplomat in sex attack row was advised to leave country

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 01:45pm

    ... on Thursday that his own officials misled him about delicate discussions with Kuala Lumpur over the fate of a Malaysian diplomat accused of attempted rape in Wellington. The accused envoy, Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, caused a storm when it emerged that he left New Zealand after invoking diplomatic immunity, with Prime Minister John Key weighing in to condemn his departure. Malaysia on Wednesday ...

  8. Diplomatic immunity handy to avoid paying parking tickets

    Posted Jul 25th 2010, 12:00am by Niall Fraser

    ... Niall Fraser Diplomats at half of Hong Kong's consulates have used special immunity to avoid paying parking tickets or prosecution for traffic offences over the past five years. ... violations. The vast majority of waived offences involve parking tickets, but in 2006 a diplomat from the United States consulate was granted immunity from prosecution for failing to display a valid ...

  9. Diplomatic immunity must not be given lightly

    Posted Oct 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a press photographer who was trying to take pictures of her while she was shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui. But the Department of Justice said Mugabe enjoyed diplomatic immunity as the wife ... or not to pursue the case as the police investigations have dragged on for months. Diplomatic immunity is not a permanent condition. Usually, it is granted only when a foreign representative is on official ...

  10. Diplomatic immunity

    Posted Mar 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode The wit, verve and sophistication shown by many of China's envoys in recent years has deservedly won praise in the diplomatic salons of the region. Once aloof and guarded, if not paranoid, figures, their engagement with their diplomatic peers from very different countries has been a striking development. At official functions and soirees in the major cities of the region, ...




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