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Gov’t lawyers uphold legality of diplomatic immunity granted to Panamanian diplomat accused of rape 05/11/2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Gov’t lawyers uphold legality of diplomatic immunity granted to Panamanian diplomat accused of rape

05/11/2012
Government lawyers have upheld the legality of diplomatic immunity granted by the government to the Panamanian accused of raping a 19-year-old girl.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima yesterday said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was merely complying with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations when it issued certification for immunity that led to the release from detention of Erick Bairnals Schcks.

“The DFA is the agency with primary competence or authority on the matter. The immunity from criminal jurisdiction accorded to Mr. Schcks under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations was indeed valid,” she told reporters in a chance interview..... MORE

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