In the midst of all the global furor over the illegal issuance of diplomatic passports, especially to criminal elements, for obscene amounts of cash, by the five Eastern Caribbean states, led by the Commonwealth of Dominica, Turkish lawmakers from the ruling Truth & Justice Party are reportedly demanding lifetime diplomatic passports, for themselves, their wives and children under 25.
Obviously, their arrogance knows no limits.
Will someone please tell these Turkey politicians, at least some of whom are lawyers, and know better, that without an actual diplomatic posting abroad, a specific duty assignment and detailed mission, and approval from the receiving country, holders of diplomatic passports are NOT diplomats. They are not to be allowed to bypass Customs, have their bags considered exempt from search, and enjoy immunity from criminal prosecution. President Erdogan, please read the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Representatives, which is codified for all members of the United Nations.
Chronicles of Monte Friesner - Financial Crime Analyst
Contributed by Kenneth Rijock - Financial Crime Consultant