The controversy regarding who’s law will prevail in French rape case is over. A day after French consulate official Pascal Mazurier was arrested for allegedly abusing his minor daughter, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna stressed Wednesday that he did not enjoy diplomatic immunity and made it clear that the Indian law will prevail.
“From what I understand he does not enjoy diplomatic immunity as he does not hold a diplomatic passport,” Krishna told reporters here.
Amid speculation about a separate probe by the French authorities into the incident, Krishna said: “The question of carrying out a parallel investigation does not arise. The law of the land shall prevail,” he asserted.
The Bangalore police Tuesday arrested Mazurier, who has been accused by Suja Jones, his Indian wife, of sexually abusing their four-year-old daughter.
The French embassy has confirmed that the 39-year-old Mazurier, deputy head of chancery in the French consulate at Bangalore, does not enjoy any diplomatic immunity and it is up to police to take action against him.
The French foreign ministry has said in a statement that since a probe was under way, “we cannot comment at this stage” on the allegation against Mazurier. “The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, does not provide for immunity of jurisdiction for acts committed outside the exercise of consular duties (Article 43),” it said.