Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Foreign Envoys Escape Trial for 'Serious Crimes'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Foreign Envoys Escape Trial for 'Serious Crimes'

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

A CATALOGUE of serious crimes allegedly committed by envoys who claimed diplomatic immunity was published today.

It shows that two diplomats, one from Saudi Arabia and one from Sierra Leone, were suspected last year of human trafficking. Another Saudi was alleged to have carried out a sexual assault, and a Pakistani diplomat threatened to kill someone, it was claimed. But none could be prosecuted as they were among 25,000 foreigners diplomatic immunity. The list of alleged offences, published by the Foreign Office, also includes nine cases of drink driving, one of driving without insurance while drunk, and one of shoplifting. A Cameroon national was investigated for neglect of a young person.

At the same time, [pounds sterling]37 million is owed to Londoners by diplomats failing to pay the congestion charge, parking fines and rates on their properties. The Foreign Office named and shamed last year's worst non-payers. …

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