A man arrested for allegedly touching a woman in an inappropriate was on a Midtown subway was released because of his diplomatic immunity, NYPD officials said Tuesday.
Mohammad Abdalla Ali, 49, a diplomat from Sudan, was taken into custody after allegedly rubbing up against a 38-year-old woman on a northbound 4 train leaving Grand Central Terminal on Monday afternoon, police said.
Ali was charged with forcible touching but released after he proved he was a diplomat.
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“There’s not much you can do. He has diplomatic immunity,” a police source told the New York Daily News.
According to the U.S. Department of State, “diplomatic immunity does not exempt diplomatic officers from the obligation of conforming with national and local laws and regulations. Diplomatic immunity is not intended to serve as a license for persons to flout the law and purposely avoid liability for their actions.”
The NYPD has alerted State Department officials about the incident.
Metro attempted to reach the Sudanese embassy in New York for comment, but was unable to leave a message as its mailbox was full.