UN diplomat accused of raping New York neighbor released without charge after claiming immunity

An African government official serving at the United Nations avoided a possible rape charge in New York by claiming diplomatic immunity despite the victim reporting the alleged brutal attack to police.

Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, a 46-year-old career diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in South Sudan, is accused of making a pass at a woman walking a friend’s dog in Upper Manhattan. When she rejected his advances, he allegedly followed the victim into her building and into her apartment, tucking her in and raping the woman twice before fleeing the scene, law enforcement sources told the NY Daily News.

The New York Post, also citing unnamed sources, also reported on the rape allegations against Oliha.

The victim said she was in a state of shock and tried to sleep after the incident, reporting the alleged rape to police several hours later with some persuasion from a friend.


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International flags outside the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 20, 2021. Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The incident occurred inside Wadsworth Terrace in Fort George, the same building where Oliha lives, the Post reported.

Oliha was detained on suspicion of rape, but was released shortly afterwards. While being held for questioning, he told NYPD Special Victims Unit detectives that he was a diplomat, and once investigators confirmed his immunity, he was released without facing any formal charges for the alleged attack on one of his neighbors.

“We are aware of the incident involving a diplomat accredited to the United Nations,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “We take these allegations seriously and are working closely with the New York Police Department and the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, as we do in all legal and criminal matters involving foreign diplomats posted to permanent missions and observer offices to the UN. do not comment on the specifics of ongoing investigations.”

At noon Sunday, “at a location known to the Department within the boundaries of the 34th Precinct there is a report of a rape,” an NYPD spokesperson told Fox News Digital, without answering additional questions about Oliha’s release or whether will face legal consequences. “A female victim known to the Department states when she arrived at the location, a male suspect opened the front door of the building and then followed her up the stairs and pushed his way into her apartment. The suspect then forced the victim to have sex intercourse and fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing.”

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UN headquarters on May 20, 2021, in New York. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

In a statement to Fox News Digital, New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ office said, “Sexual assault of any kind should never be tolerated.”

“There is an active investigation underway,” the City Hall spokesman added. “Depending on the results, we will take all appropriate actions.”

Fox News Digital also reached out to the United Nations press office about the matter, asking if Oliha will face any discipline, possible deportation or if his diplomatic status will be revoked.

It is unclear if the alleged victim was given protective measures after the alleged attack.

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