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Embassy driver flees Stockholm crash scene

TT/The Local/gm · 28 Aug 2011, 09:06

Published: 28 Aug 2011 09:06 GMT+02:00

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Four people were injured and required hospital treatment following the accident which occurred in the middle of the night on Rålambshovsleden, near the Russian Embassy in Kungsholmen.

According to witness reports the car drove into the back of three taxis which were waiting at a red light. The driver then ran away from the scene leaving his passenger in the back of the car.

Police are waiting to establish who was behind the wheel of the diplomatic vehicle, as it has implications on whether or not the driver is subject to immunity from prosecution.

”If the driver is a regular embassy official who was working in his official capacity at the time, then he is eligible for diplomatic immunity, but not if the driver was driving in his spare time," Lars-Erik Baarsen, station commander at Södermalm police, told TT news agency.

Police questioned the passenger of the car at the scene but so far the driver remains at large.

Baarsen added that the rules on immunity for diplomatic staff are straightforward and it is only the diplomats themselves who have permanent immunity.

The Swedish foreign ministry usually deals directly with the embassies in matters involving the polices.

”In this case however we are cooperating with the police, so questions should be referred to them," foreign ministry spokesperson Pia Roed said.

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Roed added that diplomats must follow the law of the countries they are working.

TT/The Local/gm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:21 August 28, 2011 by dolphin, the
I don't see the relevance of diplomatic immunity if ... '' diplomats must follow the law of the countries they are working in....''.

Why are they entitled to shy from being accountable?
13:41 August 28, 2011 by Svensksmith
This would be terrible abuse of diplomatic immunity.
17:21 August 28, 2011 by occassional
...while at the same time not wanting/daring to upset the Russians too much.
19:01 August 28, 2011 by burito
oh those ruskis..:))
21:12 August 28, 2011 by johan rebel
He was just doing what any Russian driving a Merc, BMW or SUV would do at home:

flee the scene and if the cops come calling pay them off.

Remember that Russia is a benighted country that has never known civilisation during its long history. The closest they ever came was when the tsarist aristocracy played at being French, and that was not close by any stretch of the imagination.
22:34 August 28, 2011 by johnny1939
Diplomats have millions of dollars in outstanding parking tickets in New York City. Also their relatives get whisked away for various crimes such as rape, shoplifting etc. It does not seem right but I guess it works both ways since they cannot nab our diplomats for various crimes either. Oh to be a diplomat and be able to drive drunk every day!!!
07:57 August 29, 2011 by Luke R D
If you insist on folloving zis line of inquiry, you may....ehhhhh, how should ve say, meet most unfortunate conclusion...
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