British Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is calling for a reform in the system of diplomatic immunity in light of several serious crimes and alleged driving offences committed by foreign diplomats in the United Kingdom (UK).
The Daily Mail reported Farron as saying that committing crimes such as human trafficking, actual bodily harm and sexual offences against children must face justice.
‘Diplomatic immunity should not provide a ‘get out of jail’ card for those perpetrating such serious crimes,” he was quoted as saying on Thursday.
A Saudi Arabian diplomat is facing allegations of human trafficking over claims they brought a domestic slave with them to Britain – but the individual may never be prosecuted.
Two offences of trafficking linked to the Saudi embassy were among 11 recorded on an annual statement of serious allegations made against people with diplomatic immunity in Britain, said the Daily Mail.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also said there are two child abuse allegations linked to an individual protected by diplomatic immunity at the Mexican embassy.
In addition to that, a variety of driving offences were alleged against diplomats from countries including Saint Lucia, United States, Kazakhstan, China and Nigeria.
It has also revealed that diplomatic missions and international organisations racked up nearly £500,000 in unpaid parking fines in London last year.
Saint Lucia British High Commission Office has been accused of driving of a vehicle without insurance.
Farron said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office must clarify whether these people have been prosecuted, whether their diplomatic immunity is still in place and what their current status is.
Saint Lucia recently came under international spotlight after Saudi billionaire and Permanent Representative to the IMO Dr. Wallid Juffali was faced with a court case brought against him by his ex-model wife, Christina Estrada, which ended in a 53 million pounds’ settlement.
Juffali was accused of using his diplomatic immunity to try and prevent his wife from access to a legally binding settlement, which was later overturned in the British High Court.