Husband of diplomat will be charged by cops for domestic violence
The British man accused of bashing his diplomat wife — only to skirt charges because her diplomatic immunity extended to him — had his protection rescinded by his country in a rare case, The Post has learned.
Youseff Amroche, 37, was arrested Tuesday for the Dec. 8 beating and was expected to be charged with felony assault, unlawful imprisonment and reckless endangerment, sources said. The top charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
“We take domestic violence seriously, and we’re glad the UK accepted our request to waive diplomatic immunity,” said City Hall spokesman Raul Contreras.
US Rep. Carolyn Maloney had advocated for Amroche’s prosecution.
“I’m glad to see that the British Embassy is taking this allegation of domestic violence as seriously as we all should,” said Maloney, who represents the area where the attack took place.
Cops got a frantic call from Amroche’s 46-year-old wife, whose name is being withheld by The Post, around 7:15 a.m. on Dec. 8, reporting that he assaulted her amid a domestic dispute, according to Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s office.
When officials arrived to the couple’s Turtle Bay apartment, Amroche was “visibly drunk and irate” and slammed a door closed on an officer’s hand, sending the man to the hospital, the office said.
Police briefly detained Amroche but had to let him go once they established he was protected by his wife’s diplomatic status.
The State Department confers the status and sometimes extends the courtesy to diplos’ spouses and kids, depending on rank, according to agency materials.
It is uncommon for local jurisdictions to prosecute diplomats — a fact that frequently frustrates law-enforcement officials and law-abiding citizens alike.
In some cases, home countries reel in their dirty diplomats and punish them at home — other times, they get off scot-free.
Vance’s office has been seeking permission to throw the book at Amroche since at least Dec. 10, when the DA sent a letter to the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs asking it appeal to the State Department for help getting the Brits to let the him prosecute the alleged wife-beater.
Vance would not comment on the arrest Tuesday, and officials with the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office would not comment on the case specifically.
Amroche was awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal court Tuesday evening.