Embassies: Crime

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures may be taken if a UK national working in a foreign embassy in the UK commits criminal activities from that embassy.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

With respect to allegations of offences which were not committed in the course of the UK national's official duties, law enforcement agencies may take whatever action they deem appropriate.

UK law enforcement agencies would require a waiver of an individual's immunity to allow them to investigate actions allegedly committed in the course of official duties. If a waiver is refused by the relevant diplomatic mission, Her Majesty's Government may inform the mission that it no longer considers the individual to be a member of the mission.

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