Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) asked that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeal to his counterparts in Britain to waive diplomatic immunity in a case regarding reports that a British diplomat’s husband is evading charges of domestic violence in New York City.
In her letter to the secretary of state, the Congress Member states, “Diplomatic immunity cannot be a license to commit domestic abuse and it is incumbent upon the United States to make it clear that we will do everything possible to make sure that anyone who commits this heinous crime on our shores is held accountable for their actions.”
Maloney’s letter also stated that “According to media reports, on the morning of December 8, NYPD officers responded to a call in my Congressional district from an unnamed British diplomat who reported that her husband, Youssef Amrouche, had assaulted her. When police arrived, the woman displayed redness and swelling on her face, clear signs of assault and battery. After a short confrontation in which an officer’s hand was injured from a door slammed by Mr. Amrouche, he was arrested, but subsequently released because his wife’s diplomatic immunity extended to him.”