Foreign diplomats have enjoyed diplomatic immunity for centuries. Following the weekend arrest of I.M.F. managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of sexual assault, there have been questions as to whether he could be legally protected by diplomatic immunity. The answer is complicated as is the issue of diplomatic immunity.
For an explanation on diplomatic immunities we speak with Jovan Kurbalija, founder and director of DiploFoundation, a Geneva-based organization researching the role of diplomacy in the modern age. We also speak with Nicholas Casale, a former NYPD detective for his perspective on how to handle situations in which there is an arrest of someone who might have immunity.