Exemption from Giving Evidence
Professor Eileen Denza
- Diplomatic immunity — Diplomatic missions — Immunity from jurisdiction, absolute
… 2. A diplomatic agent is not obliged to give evidence as a witness. … Although it must for many centuries have been the practice among States that a diplomatic agent could not on account of his inviolability be compelled to give evidence in criminal or civil proceedings, the matter does not seem to have been discussed specifically by writers on diplomatic law until the nineteenth century.1 The earliest celebrated incident where the giving of evidence by a diplomat was in question occurred in 1856 in Washington where a homicide occurred in the presence of the...