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US diplomat kills man in car crash, leaves Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - An American diplomat who police say was speeding crossed the center line in his SUV and rammed into a full mini-bus, killing a father of three whose widow is six months pregnant, officials said Friday.

U.S. Embassy officials in Nairobi rushed the American and his family out of Kenya the next day, leaving the crash victims with no financial assistance to pay for a funeral and for hospital bills for the eight or so others who were seriously injured.

A police spokeswoman, Ziporah Mboroki, said no charges had been filed against Walde the last time she checked.

"He is a diplomat and has the privileges of a diplomat. If you're a diplomat and you commit any crime in Kenya, the case is investigated and is forwarded to your embassy," she said. "That's what the law says and we work per the law."

A State Department guidance paper for U.S. law enforcement officials on how diplomatic immunity works says that even at the highest levels "diplomatic immunity is not intended to serve as a license for persons to flout the law and purposely avoid liability for their actions. The purpose of these privileges and immunities is not to benefit individuals but to ensure the efficient and effective performance of their official missions on behalf of their governments."


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I am surprised Walde was driving himself. My understanding was that the US employs many people as drivers in foreign countries. It turns my stomach that the State Dept. would allow someone to be this kind of example to the rest of the world - as if all Americans would behave like this.

They hate us for our freedom. Right.

It is

but it plays directly into that propaganda of them "hating us for our freedom".

I'm sure there are a few Kenyans that would say they hate us for that particular freedom at this time.

Diplomatic immunity is a sham. Walde should be left naked and alone in the town square. Let the Kenyans perform their justice upon him.

A diplomats behavior should reflect the ideals of the country he represents, and when it doesn't, he (or she) should be subject to the justice of the country he is in.

Too bad that Walde's behavior does reflect the ideals of our current government so succinctly. The "freedom" others hate is the freedom to murder without repercussions.

Just open the box and see

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Linda Cross's picture

Diplomatic Immunity--those who live above the law.

I have a lifelong friend who left her husband due to years of abuse. Her husband is the Secretary of State of another country. Because of his diplomatic immunity, she has to fear for her life, even when home, here in the USA.

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Diplomatic Immunity--those who live above the law. NOT

An anecdote about a wife beating husband to paint ambassadors "as those who live above the law" confirms only that a-holes are everywhere.

First off. Diplomatic immunity IS THE LAW. And it's the law pretty much everywhere and goes back not less than 3000 years. For a whole bunch of really good reasons.

Maybe you could read up on what has happened historically when diplomats have been mistreated, starting with the annihilation of the Khwarezmian Empire. Never heard of the Khwarezmian Empire? It's because they screwed with Genghis Khan's diplomats.

I would suggest that as a species, Diplomats are a lot less prone to violence as they are often picked for being pleasant and competent with significant negotiating abilities.

The USA has a thousand different kinds of cops and there are millions of laws to ensnare....anybody.

I have an anecdote too.

I've was a passenger in a car with a diplomat girlfriend of mine and got pulled over doing 35 in a 20 mph speed trap by a cranky, rude, condescending, interrupting cop. No other cars for miles

Cop, before receiving the results from running the license plates:

"Lady. Do you know how fast you were going?"

My girlfriend: "No." "How fast I go?"

Me: I couldn't help but chuckle. Just about the same time I could hear a dispatcher yelling at the cop to leave us alone.

My girlfriend told me that if I married her, I'd get diplomat plates and a holo license from the state dept too. I thought about it, but she made a weird slurping noise when she ate. Plus I liked her Mom better.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

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you are correct, I've never studied 'Diplomatic Immunity'

I just have a little experience with some problems it causes. It is important to be able to protect diplomats as most governments are a bit corrupt and could abuse them for political reasons, but maybe we need to protect citizens too,especially if they are the target of a diplomat.

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.