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Because diplomatic missions, such as embassies and consulates enjoy extraterritorial status (isolated from the legal reach of their host country), persons have from time to time taken refuge from a host-country's national authorities inside the embassy of another country.

Name Notability Reason for Seeking Refuge Country City Mission's Country Start Date End Date Resolution
John William, Baron Ripperda Dismissed Prime Minister of Spain Sought for fraud, embezzlement Spain Spain Madrid United Kingdom United Kingdom April 13, 1726 (1726-04-13) 1726 (1726) Arrested in Embassy by Spanish[1]
Leonardo Argüello Barreto President of Nicaragua Ousted by Anastasio Somoza García Nicaragua Nicaragua Managua Mexico Mexico May 26, 1947 (1947-05-26) December 1947 (1947-12) Negotiated exile in Mexico
Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán President of Guatemala Ousted by Carlos Castillo Armas Guatemala Guatemala Ciudad de Guatemala Mexico Mexico June 27, 1954 (1954-06-27) June 28, 1954 (1954-06-28) Negotiated exile in Mexico
Imre Nagy deposed Prime Minister of Hungary Soviet Intervention Hungary Hungary Budapest Yugoslavia Yugoslavia November 4, 1956 (1956-11-04) November 22, 1956 (1956-11-22) Promised safe conduct upon exit; arrested by Soviets
József Mindszenty Hungarian Roman Catholic Church cardinal Soviet Intervention Hungary Hungary Budapest United States United States November 4, 1956 (1956-11-04) November 4, 1971 (1971-11-04) Negotiated exile in Austria
Reino Häyhänen Soviet Lieutenant Colonel defection France France Paris United States United States November 4, 1956 (1956-11-04) May 1957 moved to the United States
Sharif Ali bin al-Hussein Iraqi prince coup led by Abd al-Karim Qasim Iraq Iraq Baghdad Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia July 15, 1958 (1958-07-15) September 1958 (1958-09) left to exile in Egypt,later to Lebanon and London
Dith Pran Cambodian journalist Khmer Rouge seizure of Phnom Penh Flag of Democratic Kampuchea.svgDemocratic Kampuchea Phnom Penh France France April 17, 1975 (1975-04-17) April 1975 (1975-04) Forced into Khmer Rouge custody
Fang Lizhi dissident in Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 forced end of Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 People's Republic of China China PRC Beijing United States United States June 5, 1989 (1989-06-05) June 25, 1989 (1989-06-25) Negotiated flight to the United States
Manuel Noriega President of Panama United States invasion of Panama Panama Panama Ciudad de Panama Holy See Holy See December 1989 (1989-12) January 3, 1990 (1990-01-03) Negotiated arrest by United States forces
Morgan Tsvangirai Candidate for President of Zimbabwe violence during Zimbabwean presidential election, 2008 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare Netherlands The Netherlands June 26, 2008 (2008-06-26) Ended 2008
Anwar Ibrahim De Facto Leader of the Opposition Malaysia Death Threats and alleged Sodomy charge Malaysia Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Turkey Turkey June 29, 2008 (2008-06-29) (ongoing)
Mel Zelaya Ousted President of Honduras wanted in homeland Honduras Honduras Tegucigalpa Brazil Brazil September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21) (ongoing)


  1. ^ International Law: A Treatise


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