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How could she just fly away?

Virtually the whole of the United Kingdom is currently incensed about the behaviour of the wife of an American diplomat who killed a young man and is claiming diplomatic immunity to escape the consequences.

The facts of the case seem simple enough. A 19-year-old motorcyclist was driving along a road in Northamptonshire when he was hit head-on by a car that was on the wrong side of the road. It had just turned on to the road after leaving an air base that belongs to the US Air Force, and the car was being driven by the wife of someone who lives at the base and has diplomatic credentials.

The woman was questioned by police officers and made it clear that she had no intention of leaving country in the near future, but this is precisely what she has now done, flying back to the States a day or so later.

International law allows immunity from prosecution to accredited diplomats and close family members. In practice, this has been used in the past for relatively minor matters in the UK, such as avoiding fines for illegal parking, but this case is very different.

What this woman has done – through her own carelessness – is take the life of a young man who was doing absolutely nothing wrong. She, on the other hand, can get away scot-free, simply because of who her husband is.

Needless to say, strong protests are being made at the highest level, but there is nothing to suggest that the immunity will be waived or that justice will be served.

  • Question of

    In general, do you support the principle of diplomatic immunity?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you think that there should be limits as to how far this should go?

    • Yes
    • No
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    3 Should the woman in question be forced to return to the UK to face the music?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Should the woman in question be forced to return to the UK to face the music?

    • Yes
    • No

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