A South Sudanese United Nations diplomat accused of raping one of his neighbours in Upper Manhattan over the weekend and released on diplomatic immunity have been suspended from his duties and is under investigation by a ‘specialised committee’.
Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, 46, a career diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in South Sudan was arrested over an alleged sex assault on a woman inside her apartment around noon.
Once Oliha informed detectives from the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit that he was a diplomat, investigators confirmed he had immunity and swiftly released him without formally charging him.
The victim, who lives in the same building as Oliha, told cops she went to walk a neighbour’s dog around noon when a man approached her in the lobby, the man said he was going to follow the woman upstairs, to which she replied, “No, you’re not,” authorities said.
But as the woman opened the door to her apartment, the suspect forced his way inside and pinned her against a wall and raped her using a condom before raping her again on the couch without a condom, police said.
The victim was taken to Columbia University Medical Center for medical attention.
Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, 46, is a career diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in South Sudan.AFP via Getty Images
Oliha was arrested as a suspect nearly 12 hours after the alleged attack but was cut loose a short time later, police said.
Oliha is now back in South Sudan and has been suspended from his duties,” the South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a Thursday statement adding that the government has formed a “specialized committee” to investigate the allegations.
He could be extradited If charges are brought against him to face justice in the U S.