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Embassies: Crime

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL6117, tabled on 15 March 2017

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.

Answered on

29 March 2017

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.