Saint Lucia has received a written request from the British government to waive the diplomatic immunity of Doctor Walid Juffali, the Daily Mail has reported.
In a December 28, 1015 article, the British tabloid reported that the Foreign Office Head of Protocol Julian Evans, has given this country’s acting High Commissioner in London until January 8 to respond.
Juffali, according to the Mail, within months of receiving a demand from his ex-wife for a share of his £4billion fortune, joined the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as Saint Lucia’s representative.
The appointment gives the Saudi billionaire diplomatic immunity from any legal action in Britain, the Newspaper reported.
The waiver of his diplomatic immunity would allow Juffali’s ex-wife, former calendar model Christina Estrada, to seek a divorce settlement in court.
However the Saint Lucia government, in response to a similar request from the lawyers for Juffali’s ex-wife, had said it regarded the matter as a civil one.
A government statement had said that Saint Lucia did not want to get involved.
According to the statement, waiving Juffali’s diplomatic immunity for the purposes of resolving property disputes arising from divorce proceedings would create a precedent, that could compromise current and future diplomatic personnel in the UK and elsewhere.
The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) for its part, has accused the government here of sullying Saint Lucia’s name in the Juffali affair, by appointing someone to a post for which he has no qualifications.
The UWP has also called for Juffali to be fired.