France will request Lebanon today to revoke the immunity of its ambassador to Paris, who is under investigation for alleged rape and intentional violence, a source said.
The envoy, Rami Adwan, faces an inquiry in France after two former embassy workers accused him of sexual and physical assault. He has diplomatic immunity but could be tried if Lebanon agrees to France’s demand.
Lebanon’s foreign ministry said Saturday that it would send a team to the embassy in Paris to question the ambassador and take statements from embassy staff.
The first former worker, 31, lodged her complaint in June 2022 for a rape she says happened in May 2020 in the ambassador’s private flat, according to sources close to the inquiry, confirming a report by Mediapart news site.
She says she had a relationship with the ambassador, who subjected her to “psychological and physical violence with daily insults”.
The second woman, 28, filed a complaint last February after she says she was physically attacked several times after she rejected sexual advances.
She says Adwan tried to run her over with his car after an argument at last year’s Normandy World Peace Forum.
Adwan’s lawyer Karim Beylouni has said his client “denies all accusations of aggression in any form: verbal, moral, sexual”.
He said Adwan had “romantic relationships” with the two women between 2018 and 2022 that were “marked by disputes and splits”.