Originally Posted by Christ On A Bike
Just seen today Hague commenting that he's signed a document removing and possibility for Gaddafi and cronies to claim any sort of diplomatic immunity in the UK.
The concept is fairly interesting to me but can anyone tell me what the actual purpose of diplomatic immunity is. What is the reason to have certain foreign representatives in the country who are "above the law" and do you think it's right?
It's part of the game and I'm sure all governments have abused diplomatic immunity privileges in the past.
They're in place as a way of ensuring that you can have embassy officials in a country without worrying about them being arrested on politically motivated charges. Basically it's a freedom and a security saying that we can go about our business unhindered.
Do I think it's right? Well the abuses obviously aren't but I would imagine that every government in the world wants the status quo to continue so I'd say yes.