Criminal proceedings and other measures

18.03.2016. 15:28

If the Police Authority shall discover that a privileged person has been driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medicines, the Police Authority will draw up an official report and will notify the State Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will in turn inform the Head of the Embassy or Consulate concerned.

If a privileged person has caused serious injury to a third party while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or certain medicines, the sending state may be requested to recall the person concerned. In addition, in cases where a privileged person has not caused serious injury, but hastwice been stopped while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the sending state will be immediately requested to recall him or her.

If necessary, Latvian authorities may request the sending state to waive the immunity of a privileged person, so that criminal proceedings can be instituted and any sentence passed can be enforced. Failing such cooperation, the sending state may be requested to recall the person concerned.

In case of serious violations of law, the involved privileged person may be declared a persona non grata (Article 9, Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961).