Serious Organised Crime Agency

Home Department written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 August 2006 to question 88351, whether those Serious Organised Crime Agency staff deployed to Colombia who enjoy diplomatic immunity are subject to UK law.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

By virtue of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, all staff with diplomatic accreditation are under a duty to respect local law. SOCA officers stationed overseas are liable, as persons in public employment, to be prosecuted in England for offences committed in the course of their employment overseas.

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