‘No Legal Action Against South African Diplomat’
No legal action can be taken against the South African diplomat who was involved in the death of Ashneel Singh in 2015. This was confirmed by Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama in Parliament yesterday.
The 26-year-old was killed in a road accident at Edinburgh Drive in Suva while on his way to watch a movie with his partner.
The alleged driver of the other vehicle that hit Mr Singh’s car was South African diplomat, Theodorus Mostert. What happened to Mr Singh, Mr Bainimarama said was a tragedy.
He also extended his sincere condolences to the Mr Singh family.
Opposition Member of Parliament, Prem Singh had asked for an update on the investigation over Mr Singh’s death.
In his response, Mr Bainimarama said the South African diplomat, Theodorus Mostert, who was involved in the accident, was protected by diplomatic immunity whilst in Fiji.
He also revealed before the House that Mostert died shortly after leaving Fiji.
According to 29 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, it states that diplomats must not be liable to any form of arrest or detention and that they were immune from civil or criminal prosecution though the sending county may waive this right.
Mr Bainimarama said Fiji with other countries were party to the Vienna Convention which protected all diplomats including Fijians serving missions abroad from civil and administrative jurisdiction.
He said it was the rules every nation played while engaging with the world.
Edited by Caroline Ratucadra