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Fijian government seeks nullification of immunity for SA diplomat

October 20, 2015 8:10 pm

The Fijian Government has asked the South African Government to waive immunity for a diplomat involved in a fatal road accident that occurred on October 2nd at Edinburgh Drive in Suva.

A statement from Government this morning says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with the Police and other relevant Government agencies, including the High Commission of South Africa, to resolve this incident.

Under the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961, the South African Government has the right to waive the diplomatic immunity accorded to its official who was involved in the accident.

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Following a request from the Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested that the South African Government waive diplomatic immunity against its official, Theodorus Mostert, to allow further action to be taken to address his role in the accident.

A decision is being awaited from the South African Government.

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