The St. Lucia government said today that it has informed the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that it intends to uphold the principle of diplomatic immunity by allowing its Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to invoke his diplomatic immunity in the civil case brought by his ex-wife.

A government statement said that the Kenny Anthony administration had informed the FCO about it decision last weekend after it received a letter from London requesting it “to lift the immunity of Dr. (Walid) Juffali.

The legal firm representing Juffali’s ex-wife, Christina Estrada, had been urging Castries to grant a waiver of the diplomatic immunity of Juffali, so that he could answer a claim for additional financial relief in the High Court in London from his ex-wife, whom he married in 2001 and divorced last year in Saudi Arabia.

The claim for additional relief by Juffali’s ex-wife will be heard in the High Court in London from January 18th-22nd.

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