Portugal asks Baghdad to lift immunity for ambassador's sons

Portugal's foreign ministry has asked Baghdad to lift the diplomatic immunity of the Iraqi ambassador's teenage sons who are suspected of attempted homicide.

The foreign ministry said in a statement it conveyed the request to the Iraqi charge d'affaires in Lisbon on Thursday.

The Portuguese attorney-general's office says investigators suspect the ambassador's twin 17-year-old sons in the brutal beating last week of a 15-year-old Portuguese boy, who spent five days in a coma. He has severe facial and skull fractures.

The Iraqi teenagers have admitted to Portuguese media they assaulted the boy during night-time fighting with local youths in a rural town in northeastern Portugal.

The attorney-general's office wants the boys' immunity lifted so they can be interrogated by detectives.