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Diplomats (Offences)

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 7 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if any of the 16 diplomats alleged to have committed theft offences are still in the United Kingdom;(2) if

(a) the four diplomats alleged to have committed offences of violence against the person, (b) the one alleged to have committed a sexual offence and (c) the one alleged to have committed a firearms offence are still in the United Kingdom; and what was the precise nature of these alleged offences.

Five of the persons entitled to claim diplomatic immunity who are suspected of involvement in offences against the Theft Act 1968 have left the United Kingdom and a further three are in the process of leaving. The one person suspected of a sexual offence has also left; otherwise the persons concerned remain.The legal description of the offences alleged are:

(a) Violence against the person:
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 18612
Assaulting a police officer contrary to section 51(1) of the Police Act 19641
Common assault1
(b) Sexual offence:
Gross indecency contrary to section 13 of the Sexual Offences Act 19561
(c) Firearms offences:
Unlawful possession of a firearm contrary to section 1 of the Firearms Act 19681