21 Jan '12, 4am

North Korean ambassador smiles and continues when told he was breaking law in Germany, cops unable to arrest him

BERLIN (AFP) - North Korea's ambassador to Germany has become embroiled in a diplomatic incident in Berlin, several German dailies reported on Friday, after being caught fishing in a local river without a licence. According to media reports, police spotted a man fishing on the Havel river in western Berlin and asked him for his permit, required by law in Germany to fish. The man had neither identity papers nor a licence and so the authorities informed him, in English, that he was in fact breaking the law. Fishing without a permit in Germany can result in a fine or even two years behind bars. He smiled, replied that he was the North Korean ambassador and continued to fish, said the Berliner Morgenpost local daily. Checks revealed that the man was indeed Si Hong Ri, North Korea's ambassador to Germany, and the police were unable to take further action due to diplomatic immun...

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