253. Privileges and immunities of heads of state etc.

The State Immunity Act 1978 recognizes that a head of state of a foreign state acting in his public capacity enjoys immunity to the same extent as the state which he represents1. In addition and, subject to any necessary modifications, the Diplomatic Privileges Act 19642 applies to:

(1)     a sovereign or other head of state3;

(2)     members of his family forming part of his household4; and

(3)     his private servants5,

as it applies to the head of a diplomatic mission, members of his family forming part of his household and his private servants6.

The position of a former head of state is, therefore, broadly