posted on Sep, 3 2005 @ 12:01 PM
Diplomatic Immunity is a courtesy, not a right. The laws of the nation which you are in must be respected and complied with to the best of your
abilities. Obviously, there will be instances where Diplomats can rightfully claim ignorance due to a language barrier or other misunderstandings.
In the case of laundering money and accepting bribes, a practice which is illegal in virtually every nation in the world, there can be no excuse.
We're not going around and waiving immunity and arresting diplomats for petty offenses. Diplomats are arrested or deported around the world for
committing crimes fairly regularly. But to sit around and expect Russia to waive immunity for one of its own agents is absurd. He would have been on
the next plane back to Moscow and given a medal in a ceremony with Putin.
There is no one to blame here but the criminal himself. And I think we should allow the details of the alleged crime(s) to come to light before we
start bashing Kofi Annan and the US Government. For all we know, this Russian could be a major player in more serious crimes, or even a member of a
criminal organization. The reason I say this is that it would take an awful lot for the US to indict a foreign diplomat and have the Secretary
General waive immunity. Our government understands the significance of maintaining a close, working relationship with Russia. We would not do
anything to jeopardise that unless we felt it was absolutely necessary. Let's just wait and let this story play itself out...