En­voy to Por­tu­gal sum­moned over sons’ ar­rest

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Iraq’s am­bas­sador to Por­tu­gal has been sum­moned home af­ter the en­voy’s twin sons were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault­ing a 15-year-old boy. The in­ci­dent hap­pened last week in Ponte de Sor, fol­low­ing a brawl be­tween lo­cals and pupils at a nearby flight school where one of the twins is en­rolled. The 17-year-old sons of the am­bas­sador, Saad Mo­hamed Ridha, were ar­rested but then re­leased be­cause they had diplo­matic im­mu­nity. Por­tu­gal’s For­eign Min­is­ter Au­gusto San­tos Silva said on Au­gust 23 his coun­try may re­quest that Iraq re­move the diplo­matic im­mu­nity so that the pair can be pros­e­cuted. The 15-year-old boy suf­fered a frac­tured skull and other ex­ten­sive in­juries and has been placed in a med­i­cally in­duced coma.

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