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  The Washington Diplomat
Diplomatic immunity is an ancient concept that is facing a raft of contemporary challenges.
The very idea of diplomatic immunity is being questioned by segments of the public as they read sensationalóand often sensationalizedóaccounts of diplomats brazenly ignoring the laws of their host nations and appearing to be unaccountable for their actions.
Diplomatic immunity is also being challenged, or at least c omplicated, by expansive interpretations of international law in which courts in some nations are willing to consider suits against diplomats and political leaders.
www.washdiplomat.com /02-03/a5_02_03.html   (1921 words)

 Diplomatic immunity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is possible for the official's home country to waive immunity; this tends to only happen when the individual has committed a serious crime, unconnected with their diplomatic role (as opposed to, say, allegations of spying), or has witnessed such a crime.
As diplomats by definition enter the country under safe-conduct, violating them is normally viewed as a great breach of honour, although there have been a number of cases where diplomats have been killed.
Violations of diplomatic immunity have included espionage in a large number of cases, smuggling of small high value items in a surely much larger number of instances, some troubling child custody law violations, rape and even murder in a few cases.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Diplomatic_immunity   (1915 words)

 Diplomatic Immunity - e Diplomat
Diplomatic immunity is a principle of international law by which certain foreign government officials are not subject to the jurisdiction of local courts and other authorities.
Diplomatic immunity is not meant to benefit individuals personally; it is meant to ensure that foreign officials can do their jobs.
Moreover, the immunity of a diplomat from the jurisdiction of the host country does not exempt him/her from the jurisdiction of his/her home country.
www.ediplomat.com /nd/diplomatic_immunity.htm   (471 words)

 Straight Dope Staff Report: What's the story on diplomatic immunity?
It applies to diplomats in their host countries, ensuring that they can't be arrested or criminally prosecuted by the host country for any violations of local law.
First and foremost, the diplomat is still covered by the laws of his home country, and may be prosecuted under those laws for any crimes he commits in the host country.
The embassy is the primary diplomatic presence established by one country in another that it recognizes.
www.straightdope.com /mailbag/mdiploimmunity.html   (1283 words)

 POLICY AND PROCEDURE # 94  Diplomatic Immunity
Diplomatic Immunity - full or limited criminal immunity which the personnel of a foreign diplomatic mission and, in varying degrees, their family members enjoy because they serve as representatives of a sovereign state and require special rights and guarantees for the effective functioning of the mission.
This type of immunity is given to the diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of missions and their families.
Where there is full immunity as a diplomatic agent, the person may not be arrested and should not, except in the most extraordinary circumstances, be detained in any way.
www.musc.edu /publicsafety/policies/PP94.html   (2314 words)

 Immunity (legal) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Judicial immunity, which finds its origin in sovereign immunity, is the absolute immunity of a judge or magistrate from any kind of civil liability for an act performed in the judge's official capacity.
Parliamentary immunity is granted to elected government officials during their official acts in parliament, congress or other public deliberative organ of government.
Such immunity is seen to be a means to the free discussion of ideas, although when it is abused there may be ways to surmount such immunity; this was invoked in the case of Jürgen Möllemann.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Immunity_(legal)   (416 words)

 Diplomatic immunity: How does it work? - LegalZoom.com
These stories hit the headlines and reinforce the public misperception that diplomatic immunity is a "get-out-of-jail-free" card for breaking the law overseas.
Diplomatic personnel are immune from criminal prosecution as well as most civil suits in the host country.
A study from the 1980's showed that diplomatic immunity was claimed 147 times in six years in the WashingtonD.C. and Manhattan area.
www.legalzoom.com /articles/article_content/article13632.html   (453 words)

 Lois McMaster Bujold: Diplomatic Immunity
Diplomatic Immunity, set after all the previously published novels, also serves as a direct sequel not only to its immediate predecessor, A Civil Campaign, but also to Cetaganda and Bujold’s early Nebula Award-winning novel Falling Free.
Diplomatic Immunity opens with Miles and Ekaterin returning from their honeymoon (their wedding will, apparently, be described in a story to be published in an anthology edited by Catherine Asaro).
Diplomatic Immunity is a complex addition to the saga of Miles Vorkosigan.
www.sfsite.com /~silverag/diplomatic.html   (563 words)

 BBC NEWS | Magazine | Diplomatic immunity? Not from the taxman
The revelation that a Saudi diplomat, living in London, used his status to plead immunity to avoid prosecution for indecent assault against an 11-year-old girl, has focused attention on the concept of diplomatic immunity and the law.
So Mrs Jimenez was perhaps entitled to believe that she enjoyed the status of diplomatic immunity and, accordingly, claimed exemption from UK tax in 1995.
The legal basis of her claim was that, under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, she was a member of the "service staff" of the mission - and the convention states that such staff, if they are not nationals or permanent residents of the host state, are not liable for tax.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/magazine/3634498.stm   (721 words)

 scot hacker’s foobar blog » Diplomatic Immunity
Diplomats from other countries living in the U.S. enjoy a certain level of immunity from local laws, e.g.
Whether diplomats choose to use the privilege seems to have a direct correlation to corruption levels in their home countries.
If a) the State Department has consistent policies which govern diplomatic missions abroad, and b) the US does pay congestion fees in other countries (Singapore?), then c) the London fee must be structured in a way that it falls into a diplomatic immunity box.
birdhouse.org /blog/2006/09/28/diplomatic-immunity   (358 words)

 Diplomatic Immunity, Legal Information, Attorney Finder
Diplomatic immunity is just what it sounds like: a legal immunity applied to diplomats in their host countries, ensuring that they can't be arrested or criminally prosecuted for any violations of local law.
The diplomat is still under the jurisdiction of the laws of his country, so if his action is a crime in his homeland, he can be prosecuted when he returns.
So if a diplomatic agent was acting outside of his duties when he breached a contract or did whatever act you want to sue him for, or if it is in regards to property or a will, you can (technically at least) sue him.
www.legalmatch.com /law-library/article/diplomatic-immunity.html   (798 words)

 The Treaty of Berlin: Diplomatic Immunity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Diplomatic Immunity is the immunity from prosecution given to foreign diplomats, their families and their staff.
Diplomatic Immunity (DI) prevents the diplomat from harassment by foreign governments.
Abuse of DI is grounds for censure and/or expulsion by the foreign government.
home.comcast.net /~diewald/berlin/diplomatic_immunity.html   (409 words)

 Predatory priests shouldn't be Vatican envoys
A year after Pope John Paul II declared that there is "no place in the priesthood or religious life for those who would harm the young," we learn that one of his closest advisers knew about just such a priest in the Vatican diplomatic corps – and did nothing to remove him.
Consider that the pope's diplomats, like diplomats from every sovereign nation, enjoy immunity from criminal prosecution.
The diplomatic dodge is well known to high churchmen.
www.snapnetwork.org /news/vatican/diplomatic_immunity.htm   (329 words)

 Lawyer Set to Challenge Vatican Status -- Beliefnet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The pope's lawyers have already asked President Bush to certify Benedict's immunity from liability in the civil lawsuit since he is a head of state - the Vatican city-state.
While international experts say the pope can certainly claim immunity in the case and that ultimately Shea's suit won't succeed, lawyers for church sex abuse victims say the case is significant because it has gone further than other recent attempts to implicate the Vatican and high-ranking church officials in the sex scandal.
Shea acknowledged that a previous court challenge to the U.S. diplomatic recognition of the Holy See failed, but said it was because the plaintiffs - a lobbying group seeking further separation of church and state - didn't have standing, meaning they weren't affected by the issue.
www.beliefnet.com /story/173/story_17307_1.html   (612 words)

 Diplomatic Immunity 2 by Diplomats CD
With their second release, DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY 2, the Diplomats drop the double-album format, making for a tight, concise set, as the talented MCs pass the mic like the baton of a veteran track team, flowing over consistently inventive, ear-opening beats.
DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY 2 showcases the best aspects of the superstar collective album, as the various personalities bounce off each other--not perfectly, but unpredictably--for an overall thrilling ride.
Diplomats still did there thing on this album as they always do, if they had a chance to go and make new songs it would have been hotter than the first Diplomatic Immunity.
cduniverse.com /search/xx/music/pid/6770363/a/Diplomatic+Immunity+2.htm   (438 words)

 ASIL Insights: Diplomatic Immunities in Iraq
Boucher asked rhetorically, "Do [these diplomats in Baghdad] have diplomatic accreditation?  Do they have diplomatic status?  Do they have diplomatic immunity?  No.  They don't." [1]   He did not explain why the regime change in Iraq would result in a loss of immunity for the diplomats.
[4]   Under articles 29-31 of the Convention, diplomatic agents and their property enjoy broad immunities from interference and from the criminal and civil jurisdiction of the receiving State, though their immunities may be waived by the sending State under article 32.
[5] Article 44 requires the receiving State to enable diplomats and their families to leave the country if there is a deterioration in relations or an armed conflict between the sending and receiving States; article 45 requires the receiving State to protect a sending State's mission premises even in an armed conflict.
www.asil.org /insights/insigh109.htm   (722 words)

 Foreign envoys in Iraq no longer enjoy diplomatic status, immunity: US
Foreign diplomats in Iraq no longer enjoy diplomatic immunity or any of the privileges they were accorded under their accreditation to Saddam Hussein's former regime, the US State Department said.
However, the exact status of foreign diplomatic missions -- which are considered part of the sovereign territory of the country that owns or leases the property -- in Iraq was not immediately clear.
The commander, Lieutenant General David McKiernan, could not say if any of them were diplomats but a spokesman for the Palestinian mission said that three of them were accredited to the Iraqi foreign ministry.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article3564.htm   (522 words)

 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Automobiles (Brown Bagged)
James Brown once tried to beat traffic charges by claiming she was entitled to diplomatic immunity for being married to the "ambassador of soul."
She pleaded innocent to the charges, but before her case came to trial in June 1988, her lawyer tried a novel defense: diplomatic immunity.
In any case, Johnson's motion was bound to fail: Diplomatic immunity shields officials of foreign nations from criminal charges while they represent their countries in the United States, and United States officials while they represent America in other countries.
www.snopes.com /autos/law/mrsbrown.asp   (327 words)

 Amazon.com: Diplomatic Immunity: Music: The Diplomats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Diplomatic Immunity is laden with imagery of uptown drug-game drama (the Bone Thugs-inspired "The First") and downtown terrorist destruction ("I Love You")--painting post-9/11 New York in appropriately somber colors--but love of home and family is the top-level vibe.
Now the Diplomats' double album could have been one of those CD's that could have be condensed.
Not saying the CD is bad, but it has a lot of songs that should not be on here or some that were on a few mixtapes I recall seeing in 2002.
www.amazon.com /Diplomatic-Immunity-Diplomats/dp/B00008GQ9Y   (1524 words)

 Diplomatic Immunity - LexisNexis InfoPro - Zimmerman's Research Guide
Linda shares her expertise and experience in the October Column and all the weekly research tips appearing this month.
"Diplomatic immunity" means that ambassadors and other foreign government officials will not be held liable for violating the laws of the country where they work.
The big diplomatic immunity treaty is the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (500 U.N.T.S. The Convention was made applicable to the U.S. by The Diplomatic Relations Act of 1978, codified in Chapter 6 of the Foreign Relations and Intercourse article of the United States Code (22 U.S.C. et seq.
www.lexisnexis.com /infopro/zimmerman/disp.aspx?z=2142   (136 words)

 Diplomatic and Consular Immunities
The purpose of these privileges and immunities is not to benefit individuals but to ensure the efficient and effective performance of their official missions on behalf of their governments.
Most of these privileges and immunities are not absolute, and law enforcement officers retain their fundamental responsibility to protect and police the orderly conduct of persons in the United States.
The State Department booklet, Diplomatic and Consular Immunity: Guidance for Law Enforcement and Judicial Authorities clarifies the many issues of diplomatic immunity as it pertains to enforcing the law.
www.state.gov /m/ds/immunities/c9118.htm   (319 words)

 Diplomatic Immunity (a Miles Vorkosigan novel) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Diplomatic Immunity is a book that can be read in isolation from the rest and enough information is given to make sense of the references to earlier events.
There is also a chronology at the end of the volume providing a useful addendum for those who require it.
Diplomatic Immunity begins with Miles and his new wife, Ekaterina, heading home after a honeymoon journey to Earth.
www.computercrowsnest.com /sfnews2/04_feb/review0204_4.shtml   (680 words)

 Amazon.com: Diplomatic Immunity: Books: Lois McMaster Bujold   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Between a racially fueled diplomatic dispute, the appearance of a hermaphroditic old flame, and a bizarre Cetagandan genetic conspiracy, Miles just can't seem to get a minute of peace with his new wife, the lovely and resourceful Ekaterin (whom Miles courted in A Civil Campaign).
In brief, it is a story of Miles playing troublshooter for a diplomatic incident gone horribly wrong in Quaddiespace - home of the quaddies first introduced in the novel "Falling Free".
DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY is another book in the Miles Vorkosigan series.
www.amazon.com /Diplomatic-Immunity-Lois-McMaster-Bujold/dp/0743435338   (2181 words)

 The CPS : Diplomatic Immunity and Diplomatic Premises
The CPS : Diplomatic Immunity and Diplomatic Premises
In other more serious cases, and if the Home Office feel that the case should be pursued, the Home Office will submit the full facts to the Foreign Office and the CCP of the appropriate Area.
All cases involving the prosecution of a person with diplomatic immunity should be dealt with under the direction of the CCP.
www.cps.gov.uk /legal/section2/chapter_a.html   (394 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Diplomatic Immunity: Books: Lois McMaster Bujold   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Waiting on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tension, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a lethal secret with wider consequences than even Miles anticipates.
At the start of "Diplomatic Immunity", Miles and his new bride Ekaterin, who he met in "Komarr" and courted in "A Civil Campaign" are on the way home to Barrayar from their honeymoon.
It seems odd not to give a Bujold book an instant 5 stars but in comparison with some of her earlier work ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ is simply not quite as good.
amazon.co.uk /Diplomatic-Immunity-Lois-McMaster-Bujold/dp/0743468023   (1654 words)

 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye: Diplomatic Immunity - TV.com
Bobby tries to talk the Diplomat into not pressing charges, which will cause Bobby to lose his job.
Sue is asked to find how the woman in the hospital is her connection to the Diplomat.
Tell the world what you think of Diplomatic Immunity, write a review for this episode.
www.tv.com /sue-thomas-f.b.eye/diplomatic-immunity/episode/209418/summary.html   (277 words)

 Diplomatic Immunity :: Sixshot.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Meanwhile his Diplomats series of mix tapes introduced us to his fam… Jim Jones (Co-CEO of Diplomat Records), Freaky Zeeky (President of Diplomat Records), and Juelz Santana (Vice President of Diplomat Records).
Freaky Zeekey is to the Diplomats what that dude with the mask on is to The St Lunatics..basically just riding with his boys and being responsible for the albums insignificant interludes.
Hopefully if there is another Diplomats album they should have a different array of producers who can give more than soulful beats, Jimmy should work on his rhymes and Freaky should stick to just appearing on videos.
www.sixshot.com /print.asp?id=1821   (599 words)

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