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Mr Stephens said: "The courts will examine the claim of immunity. I believe that an English court would reject it. If the Pope was here on a state visit, ordinarily a head of state would have sovereign immunity. What I believe is that because he's not a sovereign, not a head of state, he's not entitled to the defence."
He said that the Vatican was declared to be a state by Benito Mussolini, but this had no standing in international law.
RICHARD DAWKINS, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain “for crimes against humanity”.
Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.
Dawkins and Hitchens believe the Pope would be unable to claim diplomatic immunity from arrest because, although his tour is categorised as a state visit, he is not the head of a state recognised by the United Nations.
Originally posted by Max_TO
I cant see GB arresting the Pope , could you imagine ?
When is the last time a Pope actually visited England ? If I am not mistaken the Queen is the head of the Church of England , no ?
Originally posted by EricD
On what charges would he be arrested?
Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
reply to post by December_Rain
The pope is a head of state and cannot be arrested by anyone.... It would be like France arresting Obama it isnt going to happen.
Originally posted by Carseller4
For the mental midgets out there, there is a little thing called "Diplomatic Immunity". The Pope is the head of a little country called The Vatican.
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