Immunity of German diplomats in the United States

Published: 19 October 2017 Author: Stefan Talmon

German diplomats daughter stabs boy at school

On 5 September 2017 an incident in the Washington D.C. area attracted a fair bit of attention in the United States. The 12-year-old daughter of a member of the staff of the German  embassy in the United States stabbed a 13-year-old boy twice in the shoulder with scissors at the British Independent School in Georgetown. The boy had to be rushed off to hospital but the injuries were not life-threatening. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department declared:

“The suspect has been identified, however, because of her diplomatic status, there’s going to be no arrest at this time. Any questions regarding the diplomatic status can be referred to the State Department.”

There were also no criminal charges brought against the girl. A spokesperson for the German embassy stated that the embassy would conduct its own review. If it were discovered that the parents had contributed in any way to the stabbing, they could be subject to disciplinary action. (more…)

Immunity of German diplomats in the United States Read More