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Over Alleged Rape, South Sudan Recalls US-Based Diplomat

Over Alleged Rape, South Sudan Recalls US-Based Diplomat

Over Alleged Rape, South Sudan Recalls US-Based Diplomat

Over Alleged Rape, South Sudan Recalls US-Based Diplomat

A US-based diplomat has been summoned, according to the foreign ministry of South Sudan, following “an alleged rape event” in New York City. The official has been placed on administrative leave while the inquiry is ongoing.

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It is regrettable that our envoy was allegedly involved in a rape incident with… (a) resident of New York City, the ministry stated in a statement posted late on Thursday on the government’s official Twitter account.

“The diplomat in question is now back in South Sudan and has been suspended from his duties, awaiting the outcome of this investigation,” the statement said.

“Sexual misconduct in any shape or form is heinous and wholly unacceptable,” it said, adding that “a specialized committee” was examining the case.

Over Alleged Rape, South Sudan Recalls US-Based Diplomat

The assertions were not further clarified in the statement, but US media reports indicated the diplomat was charged with breaking into the victim’s Manhattan apartment on Sunday and raping her.

He was first detained by police but was later released after claiming diplomatic immunity.

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The US State Department said Wednesday that it was “aware of the incident… involving a diplomat accredited to the UN.”

“We take these allegations very seriously and are working closely with the New York Police Department and the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs,” State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said, without offering further details.

Over Alleged Rape, South Sudan Recalls US-Based Diplomat

In March, the UN accused members of South Sudan’s government of committing human rights violations “amounting to war crimes” in the country’s southwest, urging investigations against dozens of individuals, including for sexual violence and abuses against children.

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The world’s newest nation has suffered from chronic instability since independence in 2011, with the UN repeatedly criticizing South Sudan’s leadership for its role in stoking violence, cracking down on political freedoms, and plundering public coffers.


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