Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Case of Immunity 

The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hassan Salah
Rachman Habib
Police Commissioner
Brioni Farrell ...
Xenia (as Xenia Gratsos)
Barry Robins ...
King Hamid Kamal of Suari
Kermit Morgan
George Skaff ...
Haj Kura
André Lawrence ...
Youseff Alafa (as Andre Lawrence)
Capt. August
2nd Picketer
Harvey Gold ...
Jay Varela ...
Capt. Ortega


Columbo has to solve a crime at the embassy of a middle-east nation. The culture there is different, and the main suspects have diplomatic immunity. Also, to complicate matters, there is a student demonstration outside the gates, and the king is visiting the embassy. However, Columbo decides to investigate the matter in his own persistent way. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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12 October 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeff Goldblum is an extra in the crowd demonstrating in the scene outside of the legation. See more »


At least one of the protest signs misspells "Suarians" for "Saurians" See more »


Hassan Salah: A thousand pardons, you majesty, but the man is a simple man, the lieutenant, and he is not used to our ways.
The King: Yeah, but I like him, Hassan. You say "our ways," but you mean YOUR ways.
Hassan Salah: The ways of your father and his father before him.
The King: There is a place for tradition, Hassan, but we must learn to live in this world as neighbors. We can not be blind to the changes happening all around us.
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The Diplomat
25 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Hector Elizondo stars as Hassan Salah, an official with the middle-eastern country Suarian embassy, who murders(for vague reasons) the security chief in the embassy, and with the help of an aide(played by Sal Mineo) makes it look like the work of an anti-government intruder/protester. Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) doesn't believe the official Suarian story of Hassan, but since the man has diplomatic immunity, how can he make an arrest? Perhaps the young Suarian king may turn out to be of assistance... Interesting premise with a memorable payoff, even if there is a certain degree of artificiality to the presentation of the foreign culture.

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