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Canada removes diplomat who spat on cop: Tanzania

Last Updated: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 21:26

Arusha: Canadian officials say they have withdrawn a diplomat from Tanzania after the government said he spat on a police officer.

Canadian High Commissioner Robert Orr said in a statement late Sunday that the Canadian government will return the official because of the Dec. 9 incident.

Tanzania`s foreign ministry identified him as Jean Touchatte, a private secretary at the Canadian High Commission.

The Tanzanian government said Touchatte spat at a policeman during a traffic jam in Dares Salaam, the country`s commercial capital.

He was taken for questioning to a police station but released because of his diplomatic immunity. Media outlets said he also spat on a journalist who had tried to interview him at the police station.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 21:26
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