Envoy to Portugal summoned over sons’ arrest
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.