SEARCH OF SAUDI EM­BASSY CON­STRAINED BY LAW

Vancouver Sun - - WORLD -

Turkey has so far de­clined to search the Saudi con­sulate for miss­ing jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi be­cause its hands are bound by a set of in­ter­na­tional laws gov­ern­ing how host coun­tries be­have to­ward their em­bassies.

Em­bassies and con­sulates oc­cupy a cu­ri­ous space. Though they live on land be­long­ing to their host na­tion, the 1961 Vi­enna Con­ven­tion lays out clear rules for how a host coun­try can be­have. Un­der in­ter­na­tional law, po­lice and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials can­not en­ter an em­bassy with­out the ex­press per­mis­sion of the em­bassy am­bas­sador. Con­sular bags — which can con­tain pri­vate pa­per­work, com­mu­ni­ca­tions or other goods — are not to be opened by the host na­tion.

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