A United Nations diplomat who was arrested having been accused of rape by one of his neighbors has been released without charge because his status provides him diplomatic immunity and renders him free from prosecution.
Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, 46 who is a career diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in South Sudan was arrested on Sunday following an alleged sexual assault in upper Manhattan.
The alleged attack is said to have occurred around lunchtime in the same building where Oliha resides.
He was arrested on suspicion of rape and questioned by police but once detectives from the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit learned of his immunity he was released without charge.
Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, is a UN diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Oliha was released by NYPD officers after they were informed of his diplomatic immunity that comes from his role at the United Nations
The victim told police how she was walking her dog around noon when she was approached by a man in the lobby of her building, reports the New York Post.
The man is alleged to have told the woman he was going to follow her upstairs to which she responded ‘No, you’re not’.
The alleged assault is said to have occurred around lunchtime on Sunday
But suspect persisted and as she opened the door to her apartment, the man forced his way insider pinned her against the wall.
Police said the woman was raped twice, once with a condom and then again for a second time without using one.
After the assault, the woman was in shock and went to sleep, only filing a report after a friend convinced her to go to the police.
The victim was then taken to Columbia University Medical Center for medical attention.
Almost 12 hours later, Oliha was arrested but police were forced to release him a short time later after learning of his residency status.
‘It’s incredibly disturbing that someone who is accused of rape cannot be held accountable no matter what the facts,’ director of the Women’s Equal Justice project and a former sex-crimes prosecutor Jane Manning.
‘I hope that the NYPD detectives will still do a full and thorough investigation to establish what the evidence shows.’
The deputy permanent representative for the embassy of South Sudan, Cecilia Adeng told The Post they were ‘not aware’ of Oliha’s alleged crimes.
‘This is not something that’s tolerable at all. We’ll be reporting to our headquarters and seeing what’s going on.’
Oliha is alleged to have forced his way inside and raped her two times
Oliha worked at the United Nations in New York City, pictured above