The Public Security Minister said the police intervention “raises problems” because diplomatic immunity is involved.
In a statement, Guilbeau said that the Acting Minister of International Relations and Francophonie André Laforest had been investigated on the grounds that “the First Counselor of the Embassy of Senegal in Canada has diplomatic immunity under the 1961 Vienna Convention”. said to have requested
Guilbeau said police intervention “raises problems” because diplomatic immunity is involved.
The Canadian Press reported that the Senegalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said a diplomat working at the West African country’s embassy in Ottawa was detained and beaten at his home in Gatineau on Tuesday.
Responding to the Senegalese government’s allegations, Gatineau police said in a statement Friday night that officers had been called to assist bailiffs who were trying to carry out a court order on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the subject of the court order, identified only as a woman with diplomatic status, was “aggressive and refused to cooperate.”
They claimed the woman punched a female officer in the face when the officer tried to explain the process.
Police later decided to arrest the woman “for the safety of everyone present,” according to a statement. claimed to be.
“Following the powers conferred on her by the (Québec Police Act), the Minister may, in exceptional cases, involve the Independent Investigative Service (BEI) with members of the security forces and investigate any incident related to its functioning. Gilbert said.
“The Director of Criminal and Criminal Prosecution also confirmed to[the minister]that the file regarding police charges against diplomats has been closed with applicable diplomatic immunity.”
Canadian Press contributed to this report.
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