A charge against a United Nations diplomat under the Land Transport Act was withdrawn in the Magistrates Court today.

Tim Westbury is the Deputy Head and Senior Sustainable Development Officer for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and has been based in Suva since 2011.

He was charged with the offence of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol contrary to section 103 of the Land Transport Act as a result of being stopped by police during a routine check in June last year.

The charge was withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions following confirmation that Tim Westbury had been accredited diplomatic status in Fiji as a result of his employment with the United Nations.

Fiji’s Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act gives effect to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and states that no diplomat “shall be liable to any form of arrest or detention” and “a diplomatic agent shall enjoy immunity from the criminal jurisdiction”.

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