Diplomatic immunity puts officials from overseas above the law of the country in which they live. Is the system open to abuse?
Imagine breaking the law and no-one can stop you. Ignoring parking tickets. Never paying tax. Getting away with murder.
It’s all possible, in theory, if you’re an ambassador. Under the 1961 Vienna Convention, diplomats are immune from prosecution in their host country.
The system has long proved controversial – not least since PC Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside the Libyan Embassy in 1984 – and is once again under the spotlight thanks to an unusual battle fought in London’s courts.
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Source Credits: Jon Kelly in BBC News Magazine. The photo above shows flags of member nations flying at United Nations Headquarters. 30/Dec/2005. UN Photo/Joao Araujo Pinto.