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Rape allegations against Saudi diplomat: Probe as per Vienna convention

Gurgaon: The probe into the alleged rape and confinement of two Nepalese women by a Saudi Arabian diplomat and his "guests" in an apartment here would be undertaken in accordance with the Vienna convention as
PTI September 09, 2015 21:42 IST
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Gurgaon: The probe into the alleged rape and confinement of two Nepalese women by a Saudi Arabian diplomat and his "guests" in an apartment here would be undertaken in accordance with the Vienna convention as the official enjoys diplomatic immunity, the Gurgaon Police commissioner said on Wednesday.

Constantly stressing that registration of an FIR does not mean that offence has been proved, police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said the police is in touch with the external affairs ministry which has sought a detailed report on the case which would be submitted shortly.

"We have been able to establish the identity (of the diplomat who has been accused of rape) and we have also been able to establish that the residents of that flat enjoy diplomatic immunity," he said.

Asked if the accused diplomat would be summoned for test identification parade, he said that whatever steps are needed for investigation will be taken in coordination with ministry of external affairs.

He, however, made it clear that these steps will have to be as per the Vienna convention, an international treaty that defines a framework for diplomatic relations between independent countries.

Vienna convention deals with the privileges of a diplomatic mission and the diplomats to perform their function without fear of coercion or harassment by the host country. This forms the legal basis for diplomatic immunity.

Virk added that no name has been mentioned in the FIR since the complainant did not know the names.

Two Nepalese women have alleged that they were confined and raped by the diplomat repeatedly in a flat in Gurgaon on the outskirts of the national capital after which local police filed an FIR in the matter.