France's plainclothes policemen held a nationwide protest on Thursday (3 August) as one of their colleagues -- killed in a gun battle outside the Iraqi Embassy on Monday (31 July) -- was buried.
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Background: France's plainclothes policemen held a nationwide protest on Thursday (3 August) as one of their colleagues -- killed in a gun battle outside the Iraqi Embassy on Monday (31 July) -- was buried.
SYNOPSIS: Detective Jacques Capela, 33 yers old, died as he escorted a gunman from the Embassy when he had held nine people hostage before surrendering. The fatal shots came from Iraqi embassy staff who wanted the unidentified man dead. Three Iraqi diplomats were arrested, but ambassador Tawfiq Al-Wandawi denied that they were the first to open fire.
Leaders of the Police Union called on members to lay wreaths at police stations through France and Paris officers stopped work to attend the funeral at police headquarters. But, despite police protests the Iraqis's diplomatic status gave them immunity from prosecution and the French government expelled them. However, Prime Minister Raymond Barre made it clear he expected Iraq to put the diplomats on trial.
The police had planned a protest march to the Elysee palace after the funeral, but abandoned the ideal on learning President Valery Giscard d'Estaing would be away. Instead, three police union members laid a wreath at the sport where Detective Capela was killed.