Legal experts said that intelligence officers serving under diplomatic cover often claim immunity when facing criminal charges overseas. But Curtis A. Bradley, a Duke law professor specializing in international law, cautioned that “consular immunity,” the category that presumably would apply to Ms. De Sousa, was limited by treaty to “acts performed in the exercise of consular functions.”
Mr. Bradley said the rendition might not qualify under that definition, suggesting that pressing the immunity issue might not automatically free Ms. De Sousa from the prosecution.
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