Wilsons, June, Reuters

LONDON, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Saudi diplomat cannot claim immunity from legal action brought by a woman who said he trafficked her into Britain and held her as a domestic slave, a British tribunal has ruled, in a case that could help pave the way for others to claim damages.

Diplomats are normally protected from both criminal charges and civil cases in the countries where they are posted under the rules of an international treaty, but a British judge found it did not apply in such cases involving alleged slavery.

The preliminary ruling means the tribunal can go ahead to test allegations that the woman was held as a domestic slave.

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