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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Gov’t revokes diplomatic immunity of suspended Melville

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By Tabora Bojang

The Gambia government has revoked the diplomatic immunity of a suspended foreign affairs official over his refusal to return to the country to answer series of accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

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Melville Roberts has denied all allegations while he was in the UK studying.

He was called back by the Ministry but he refused to come.

The Ministry suspended him at the height of the allegations pending the outcome of an investigation.

However, an authoritative government source has confirmed to The Standard that Roberts’ diplomatic immunity has been revoked over his failure to return home as directed by the Ministry.

This now means that whatever protection he may have against criminal prosecution has been removed.

Roberts was the head of American Affairs Division at the ministry of foreign affairs. He has not yet reacted to the said development.

But he had on previous occasions denied any wrongdoing.

He told the Fatu Network last month that the women making allegations were motivated to harm his reputation.

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