The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is investigating a case of a Sudanese diplomat who was reportedly arrested after he groped a woman at a New York East Village bar.
The diplomat identified by the New York Daily News as Hassan Salih, 36, attempted to evade police capture by running away but was apprehended, officers told the paper.
The 23-year-old vicitm told police that Salih groped her at about 2:30 am Sunday at the bar and she informed security personnel who in turn contacted police.
Salih was detained and interviewed at the 9th Precinct, the paper reported, and was able to prove during questioning that he was a diplomat, and because of immunity laws he was released.
On Tuesday evening the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman ambassador Ghariballah al-Khidir said that the ministry is conducting an internal investigation and reviewing the accusations made against the diplomat who is stationed at the Sudanese Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
“The ministry has been in contact with the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and has immediately commenced investigating the case after media reports revealed the incident,” al-Khidir said in his statement.