Embassy official who 'carried out string of rapes' allowed to leave UK without prosecution because he has diplomatic IMMUNITYDecember 19, 2018
The embassy official was accused of two rapes and one attempted rape while serving as a diplomat in the UK.
But because he had diplomatic immunity from prosecution, the British authorities were unable to arrest him or take him to court.
Instead he was ordered to leave the UK permanently over his alleged crimes.
The diplomat has not been named and nor has the country he comes from.
He is one of nine embassy staff based in the UK who are alleged to have carried out serious crimes in 2017.
After the string of alleged sex attacks, British authorities asked his country for permission to revoke his diplomatic immunity.
That would have allowed police and prosecutors to hold him to justice.
But when his home country refused to waive his immunity, the UK ordered him to leave.
Other alleged crimes carried out by diplomats in Britain include an Algerian official being accused of sexual assault.
An Egyptian diplomat allegedly committed blackmail, while a Cambodian was suspected of plotting to carry out a gun attack.
Five diplomats were accused of motoring offences such as drunk driving or not having insurance.
The figures were released by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in a written statement to Parliament today.
He said: "The Foreign Office does not tolerate foreign diplomats breaking the law. We take all allegations of illegal activity seriously.
"When the police bring instances of alleged criminal conduct to our attention, we ask the relevant foreign government to waive diplomatic immunity where appropriate.
"For the most serious offences, and when a relevant waiver has not been granted, we request the immediate withdrawal of the diplomat."
Diplomatic immunity is meant to ensure that countries can't arrest each others' officials as a way of carrying out political disputes.
But some diplomats abuse the principle in order to escape justice for committing common crimes.
In previous years foreign officials in the UK have been accused of offences as serious as paedophilia and human trafficking.
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