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* Saudi engages Canuck police in high speed chase, rams police car and claims ‘diplomatic immunity’ to get himself out of jail.
- Â Sheik yer’mami wonders: does that make him bullet-proof too? Â Update: thanks to Mullah we have a video on how to REVOKE diplomatic immunity, quick and painless…
Updated Tue. Jun. 2 2009 10:11 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
A man who allegedly led Ottawa police on a high-speed chase in an SUV and then collided head-on with a police cruiser was released from custody after he claimed diplomatic immunity, officers say.
Thanks to Vlad Tepes/continued below…
Gassing the German Police
by Baron Bodissey/Gates of Vienna
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated a news article about the first-ever attack on German policemen using poison gas. First his introductory note:
Here’s the report fromÂ Morgenpost Online, as translated by VH:
Policemen attacked for the first time with a chemical bomb
By Axel Lier
During the Kreuzberg May 1 riots, the police were attacked for the first time with a novel chemical bomb. According to the police, the grenade exploded like a smoke-bomb, and then radiated a yellow, odorless smoke, that took 47 officers out of combat in just a few seconds.
[Photo caption:Â “Not only incendiary material, but also poison-gas grenades were thrown at the police in the May riots”]
Morgenpost Online was told by security circles that the grenade was hurled towards the officers near theÂ Kottbusser TorÂ Subway Station. “It first went off like these rather harmless fog grenades, as known from football riots,” says a policeman. In the immediate vicinity of the officers it quickly dispersed a “yellowish, odorless smoke”. This was inhaled by a number of his colleagues.
“A few seconds later, this substance apparently caused a loss of orientation for some officers,” the policeman continued. Some were only able to crawl, others had to vomit on the spot. Because of the complicated situation it was not possible to secure the burned out shell. Later on the object â€” despite intensive search â€” remained untraceable.
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While the suspect’s identity has been kept secret since the crash early Tuesday, CTV News has learned the man is a 30-year-old foreign envoy from Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s embassy hasn’t confirmed nor denied that information. Staff at the embassy have also refused to speak on the record about the alleged link.
The unnamed SUV driver wasn’t hurt in the crash, but the officer behind the wheel of the police cruiser suffered minor injuries.
Neither local police nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will release any information about the suspect.
When asked about the incident, Deepak Obhrai, parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, cited privacy issues and referred all questions to local police.
A statement from Cannon’s office confirmed “that a person with diplomatic status faces criminal charges in connection with an incident of dangerous driving.”
The statement said there was no indication that alcohol was involved and that Ottawa will push for charges to be laid in a Canadian court.
“The Department will request that the individual’s government waive the appropriate immunities in order for any charges to be heard in a Canadian court.”
But NDP MP Paul Dewar said that response isn’t good enough and said the suspect’s name would be released “if a police cruiser was hit by anyone else.”
While Ottawa police say they are working with the Crown Attorney and the Department of Foreign Affairs to “pursue appropriate charges,” diplomatic immunity could allow the suspect to sidestep Canada’s justice system.
According to Liberal MP Dan McTeague, pursuing criminal charges against foreign diplomats isn’t a simple matter.
“They are not subject to the laws of the country,” he said. “They can’t be prosecuted, so it really becomes a matter between state to state.”
About 5,000 embassy workers currently have diplomatic immunity in Ottawa, and Tuesday’s crash is raising fresh questions about the practice.
This year, there have been three cases involving diplomatic immunity, including allegations of shoplifting and a suspected domestic dispute.
Last year, there were 14 incidents, including two allegations of drunk driving.
Perhaps Canada’s most infamous case of diplomatic immunity occurred in 2001, when an impaired Russian diplomat got behind the wheel of a car and struck Ottawa lawyer Catherine MacLean.
MacLean was killed and the Russian diplomat was shipped home.
However, diplomatic pressure from Canada led to a trial and conviction in Russia.