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A former Syrian diplomat convicted in absentia of a brutal rape in Switzerland in 2001 has been arrested in Versailles, France, living under a false identity as a refugee, the Geneva prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.The former diplomat had denied the charges but after Swiss authorities asked the Syrian government to lift his diplomatic immunity, he was called back urgently to Damascus in late 1997, whereupon he lost his immunity in Switzerland, Vincent Derouand of the Geneva prosecutor's office said.
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