DPP withdraws drink driving charge against UN diplomat
11 April, 2019, 1:15 pm
A CHARGE against a United Nations diplomat was withdrawn in the Suva Magistrates Court today.
Deputy Head and Senior Sustainable Development Officer for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Tim Westbury was charged with the offence of driving while under the influence of alcohol contrary to section 103 of the Land Transport Act after he was stopped by police during a routine check in June last year.
The charge was withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions following confirmation that Mr Westbury had been accredited diplomatic status in Fiji as a result of his employment with the United Nations.
Fiji’s Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act gives effect to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and states that no diplomat “shall be liable to any form of arrest or detention” and “a diplomatic agent shall enjoy immunity from the criminal jurisdiction”.