British MP calls for reform to diplomatic immunity system

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British MP calls for reform to diplomatic immunity system

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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.

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  1. Note that "Saint Lucia British High Commission Office has been accused of driving of a vehicle without insurance" and "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.

    Those Brits and Americans not playing you know. Don't think that you will break the law as a diplomat and then come to UK when you are no longer a diplomat without any repercussions. That 500,000 pounds will be recovered. Trust me.

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  2. SMH. Time to get rid of those labour party hacks in England. Use the allegations to fire them. Those guys have brought nothing positive for us Lucians except shame and negativity. They just seated in England making some big money. Smfh. And Hilaire after costing the WICB a hefty lost (after that payoff to Sarwan due to his arrogant nature) was head of that English mission. Have not heard anything positive from that crew in England after 4 years.

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  3. Scrutinise very last one of them! Some want to use this immunity for personal gain. I hope they do some proper due diligence on those that St. Lucia plan to appoint soon, because we do not need another international embarrassment. We need people who are above reproach and not people associated with any breach of human rights

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