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Newsline: Saudi Arabian Embassy protests raid on diplomat’s home in India

The Saudi Embassy in India on termed as “false and concocted” the charges of sexual assault leveled against one of its diplomats. The embassy protested to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) over “police intrusion” into a diplomat’s house in violation of “all diplomatic conventions.” It said: “Such an attack on a diplomat and his family members contravenes the protection clauses of the Vienna Convention.” According to reports in Indian media, the two Nepalese women named in the case were working as maids at the diplomat’s house. Police have registered a case of rape and illegal confinement against the Saudi official, although he has not been named in the complaint. Saud Al-Sati, Saudi ambassador to India, said: “The embassy rejects the allegations and it has already made a public statement about the whole episode. All allegations against the diplomat and his family members are false and have not been proven.” The Saudi Embassy also expressed concerns over the way the police stormed the house of the diplomat — first secretary at the embassy — and beat his family members, including his wife and 19-year-old daughter, under the pretext that the family was holding two housemaids hostage. The statement said the police action contravenes the international rules of diplomatic protection and immunity. Indian Embassy officials in Riyadh were tight-lipped on the issue. According to Al-Watan newspaper, some Indian officials have already expressed regrets saying that the police officers were not aware of the fact that the house belonged to a diplomat. Article 22 and Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations do not allow the host country or their police to enter a diplomatic mission or a diplomat’s residence without permission.



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