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Immunity from Prosecution: Heads of State

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2507, tabled on 11 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the immunities given to heads of states from crimes committed in the UK.

Answered on

19 March 2020

Heads of State enjoy the same privileges and immunities as apply to the head of a diplomatic mission, as provided for by Section 20 of the State Immunity Act 1978, which we will give consideration to as part of our day to day business by reference to specific cases as they arise. Any waiver of the immunity must be made expressly by the sending States.