London - (Diplomatic Immunity Mess): If last month's Halloween official state visit by the king of Sordid Arabia may have seemed a little frosty in diplomatic circles there is certainly worse to come.
The country's ambassador to the Court of St James is in the dock for failing to settle a £3 million bill that includes a gun-buying rampage, call girls, narcotics and vintage booze.
Writs filed before the Royal Courts of Justice claim that Prince Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz, the king's nephew, owes the money after a credit card bender saw him swooping on luxury goods shops, fire arms outlets and dozens of suspect 'escort' (sic) services.
Included in his list of must-haves is a €6,761 Beretta pistol, antique guns, three shotgun, assorted swords and flick-knives (€66,000), two dozen Czech CZ75D and CZ97B pistols, fifty French Famas assault rifles, twenty Micro-Uzi machine gun of Israeli origin, and six Austrian Glock 18C special tactical weapons described as particularly popular with the 18 to 25 age group.
£183,000 also went on five highly sophisticated Raytheon thermal night vision camera attachments for high-tech assault rifles 'suitable for nocturnal operations' and a mobile phone jamming device designed to block diplomatic police surveillance systems.
"The ambassador will gladly account for all these essential expenditure items and settle his credit card bill in due course," a legation source claimed today.