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'Con Queen of Hollywood' who allegedly duped actors arrested in UK

 

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The suspected con artist is accused of impersonating Hollywood figures including (l-r) president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, ex-Paramount boss Sherry Lansing, and Wendy Deng, the former wife of Rupert Murdoch. Composite: EPA/AP/Getty

 

A suspected con artist who allegedly impersonated top female Hollywood executives to swindle wide-eyed aspiring stars out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been arrested in Britain after a US extradition request, the FBI has said.

 

Dubbed the “Con Queen of Hollywood”, the suspect led investigators on a years-long, global manhunt so improbable it has even been optioned for a book deal.

 

He was identified in an unsealed court indictment Thursday as Hargobind Tahilramani, a 41-year-old Indonesian man.

 

“The defendant has been arrested in the United Kingdom based on a request for his provisional arrest submitted by the United States with a view towards his extradition,” an FBI spokesman in San Diego, California told AFP on Thursday.

 

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/04/con-queen-of-hollywood-alleged-fraudster-arrested--uk

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So the FBI with the help of the British keystone cops finally tracked down an Indonesian cross gender fraudster in the UK. Only when the US agrees to extradition of Anne Sacoolas for trial of alleged death by dangerous driving of Harry Dunn should a reciprocal exchange take place. I place this low level fraud at a lesser offence than death by dangerous driving. https://g.co/kgs/6E9RFq

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11 minutes ago, soi3eddie said:

So the FBI/CIA with the help of the British keystone cops finally tracked down an Indonesian cross gender fraudster in the UK. Only when the US agrees to extradition of Anne Sacoolas for trial of alleged death by dangerous driving of Harry Dunn should a reciprocal exchange take place. I place this low level fraud at a lesser offence than death by dangerous driving. https://g.co/kgs/6E9RFq

There's a big difference between a person subject to an international reciprocal protocol that legally exempts certain people from extradition/prosecution and a person who is not entitled to that protection.   

 

Lift that protection for Sacoolas and every British person in that category then risks having their diplomatic immunity removed obviating the reasons for it being applied worldwide in the first place.  I'ts a two-way street that applies to the UK's diplomats also.   

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37 minutes ago, Qualibus said:

There's a big difference between a person subject to an international reciprocal protocol that legally exempts certain people from extradition/prosecution and a person who is not entitled to that protection.   

 

Lift that protection for Sacoolas and every British person in that category then risks having their diplomatic immunity removed obviating the reasons for it being applied worldwide in the first place.  I'ts a two-way street that applies to the UK's diplomats also.   

 

Are you really saying that Anne Sacoolas is entitled to valid and justified diplomatic immunity? 

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14 hours ago, Qualibus said:

There's a big difference between a person subject to an international reciprocal protocol that legally exempts certain people from extradition/prosecution and a person who is not entitled to that protection.   

 

Lift that protection for Sacoolas and every British person in that category then risks having their diplomatic immunity removed obviating the reasons for it being applied worldwide in the first place.  I'ts a two-way street that applies to the UK's diplomats also.   

Ordinarily a few years ago I might have agreed with the idea of a reciprocal lifting of diplomatic immunity for foreign embassy staff and their families between the UK and the USA. But then we had Donald Trump who was demanding personal loyalty from senior law enforcement officers such as the Director of the FBI and whose Attorney General was far from independent. It meant that at least in theory Trump could errode the civil liberties of anyone who was not a citizen of the USA and lock them up.

 

So, since almost 50% of the USA population like the idea of a Donald Trump in the White House (and remember the next one might be more mannered, more "acceptable" in that he does not engage in such talk about grabbing women by their privates etc), the Diplomatic Immunity condition stays as far as I am concerned.

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16 hours ago, soi3eddie said:

 

Are you really saying that Anne Sacoolas is entitled to valid and justified diplomatic immunity? 

Apparently she is, if she wasn't she'd have been arrested. 

 

Regrettably, certain members of the diplomatic community are entitled to the protection they are given by reciprocal agreement with various governments, the fact that we may not like the outcome is neither here nor there. 

 

The protection that she enjoyed also applies to UK diplomatic personnel overseas,  that needs to be borne in mind when demands are being made for agreed protection to be withdrawn.

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59 minutes ago, Qualibus said:

Apparently she is, if she wasn't she'd have been arrested. 

 

Regrettably, certain members of the diplomatic community are entitled to the protection they are given by reciprocal agreement with various governments, the fact that we may not like the outcome is neither here nor there. 

 

The protection that she enjoyed also applies to UK diplomatic personnel overseas,  that needs to be borne in mind when demands are being made for agreed protection to be withdrawn.

 

She admitted to police under voluntary interview that she was driving on the wrong side of the road but fled the country before charges were made. Neither she nor her husband were diplomats. On review of where they worked, US staff are no longer afforded diplomatic immunity. 

 

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13 minutes ago, soi3eddie said:

 

She admitted to police under voluntary interview that she was driving on the wrong side of the road but fled the country before charges were made. Neither she nor her husband were diplomats. On review, where they worked US staff are no longer afforded diplomatic immunity. 

 

Her admission doesn't alter the fact that she had immunity at the time.  They were categorised as 'diplomats' for the purposes of diplomatic immunity due to her husband's occupation and they were entitled to benefit from that immunity.  What is relevant is that, whether we like it or not, at the time of the incident she was entitled to diplomatic immunity.

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8 minutes ago, Qualibus said:

Her admission doesn't alter the fact that she had immunity at the time.  They were categorised as 'diplomats' for the purposes of diplomatic immunity due to her husband's occupation and they were entitled to benefit from that immunity.  What is relevant is that, whether we like it or not, at the time of the incident she was entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Not clear. So why did she flee the country if immune from prosecution? 

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7 minutes ago, soi3eddie said:

Not clear. So why did she flee the country if immune from prosecution? 

It is clear, the US government stated that her protection from prosecution would not be lifted following a request from the UK for it to be waived. 

 

I believe that she left the UK under advice from her government.

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