Legislation bars criminal proceedings in the English courts against certain serving officials of foreign states and international organisations under all circumstances, unless the foreign state or international organisation waives this procedural immunity1. It is immaterial whether the officials are alleged to have committed the offence in an official or private capacity or during or before their posting or assumption of office. This absolute immunity ratione personae from criminal proceedings applies to both prosecution and extradition proceedings. The same legislation bars the English courts under all circumstances from compelling the same officials to testify in criminal proceedings against anyone, subject
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