A former Georgian diplomat imprisoned in Washington for involuntary manslaughter is refusing to give a deposition in a civil damages suit filed by the family of the girl he killed, the family's lawyers said Friday.

Lawyers for the Georgian, Gueorgui Makharadze, had tentatively agreed to make him available for deposition next week, but they changed their position on Tuesday, citing his alleged diplomatic immunity, according to lawyers for the girl's family.Makharadze has been sentenced to between seven and 21 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in a drunken driving accident that killed 16-year-old Joviane Waltrick in January 1997.