Malaysian officials violated diplomatic immunities, says envoy

A diplomat has filed a formal protest of the treatment of her nephews on arrival at KLIA. (File pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Namibian High Commission has accused Malaysian officials of infringing Vienna Conventions on diplomatic rights in their treatment of two nephews of the High Commissioner last week.

The High Commissioner, Anne Namakau Mutelo, said the treatment of her nephews by Malaysian officials violated Articles 29 and 37 of the Vienna Convention which accorded the privileges and immunities enjoyed by a diplomat to members of his household.

In a formal diplomatic note to the foreign ministry, the High Commission pointed out that Malaysia was required by the convention to “take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity”.

Yesterday, Mutelo told FMT that her two nephews — Adventure Simataa Simasiku and Roydie Mabengano Simasiku — had been mistreated by Immigration officials when they arrived at the airport.

The foreign ministry has said it deeply regretted the incident, while the Immigration Department has since denied that the two were mistreated.

In turn, the department accused Mutelo of “trying to intervene in the operations of a government agency and created uproar over something that is not true”. The department said a formal protest would be sent to the foreign ministry about Mutelo’s actions.

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