Accused of rape, Saudi diplomat gets away – to Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Embassy termed the allegations as "false" and protested the police "intrusion" into the diplomat's house saying it was against "all diplomatic conventions".

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2015 1:57 pm
saudi diplomat case, saudi diplomat rape, gurgaon rape case, saudi arabia diplomat case, saudi diplomat news, india news, latest news FILE | Activists of All India Democratic Women’s Association shout slogans during a protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI photo)

Ten days after Saudi Embassy First Secretary Majed Hassan Ashoor was accused of raping two women from Nepal, the Saudi government tonight recalled him from his position in New Delhi. Confirming this, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that Ashoor has “left India.”

Ashoor, who enjoyed diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention, could not have been tried under Indian law unless the Saudis “waived” his immunity.

WATCH VIDEO: Saudi Diplomat Accused Of Raping 2 Nepalese Women Leaves India: The Details

The Indian Express had first reported the identity of the Saudi diplomat as well as the fact that the Saudi embassy had invoked diplomatic immunity in this case.

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Ashoor, in his 50s, was the deputy head of the visa section and is believed to have shifted to the Embassy premises or with colleagues after police “rescued” the two women from his apartment in Gurgaon on September 7. India had considered expelling the diplomat — who faced allegations of rape and assault — if the Embassy did not let him be questioned by Gurgaon police. Sources said Ashoor was a key diplomat who held additional charge at the Saudi Ambassador’s office. Until the rape controversy, Ashoor lived in Gurgaon with his wife and three children, sources said.

The diplomat left six days after Saudi Ambassador Saud Mohammed Al Sati was asked by MEA chief of protocol Jaideep Mazumdar to cooperate with the police probe. The Saudi Embassy called the allegations “false” and protested the alleged police “intrusion” into the diplomat’s house. The two Nepalese women alleged that they were raped by the diplomat and his “guests” repeatedly after which the local police filed an FIR.

Incidentally, the Nepal government was waiting for New Delhi to take the lead. Earlier today, Nepal’s ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay said: “Gurgaon police has done a very wonderful job and the MEA is also cooperating. And we have very friendly relations with Saudi government also. Nepal and Saudi Arabia have good relations — that’s why we are hopeful that it would be amicably settled and the victims will get justice. It’s a sensitive issue that’s (why) we are waiting and it may take some time. We are in contact with the Ministry of External Affairs.”

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      Sri
      Sep 17, 2015 at 10:54 am
      Saudi Arabia should punish the diplomat instead of protecting him. Indian Media should publicise the issue and should not push it under it under the carpet saying it is a sensitive issue. There is nothing sensitive about rape.
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        Wayne
        Oct 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm
        Abdulrahman Al-Zuhayyan in my opinion which comes as a Capitalist, as you did have yours which comes from a Towelhead. We may as well call it what it is. You are not better than your Saudi btothers. When the comes to depend less on your oil and the world less on other things. maybe they'll just start letting other countries places bombs in your socio-econimic perfect sociiety. Don't say I didn't warn you. And by the way I think the diplomat would and particularly one from Saudi Arabia - they commit acts of violence and many other objectionable issues against many domestic workers all the time. Or haven't you talked to embies like the Philippine. So there you go, or Hong Kong, and a few others? You may need to pull up some more dirt on them all. Or just shut up because you don't know what you're talking about. Nice Towel by the way. One day Places like Inidia will get Smart - when that day comes Your country will be nothing but dust. We can all look forward to that day. And as a Capitalist, well educated at that. You deserve it all... Merry Christmas.
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          Wayne
          Oct 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm
          The real problem that we have. As we have always had it, is we need to fix the real issues. One of those issues is to get people to understand what is wrong in the world. It is not just India that this happens to; but many others as well. Not too long ago, a Saudi Employer lady threw scalding hot water on someone a worker from PH. Because she never got her tea right. Or on time. I can relay too many more but the Saudis do not care one iota about human rights at all. The W Country should be in front of the Hague in the ICC for such crimes and one should follow suit with that as well. Or better yet, Start dropping bombs on them. We do not have to worry about problems anymore if that is so. The real issue is they do not deserve to live among humanity. That is the real issue. If they did, they would do more to care about it. And since they don't why would we care about them, or otherwise. As I said it's not just India. And I have no doubt that the Diplomat did exactly that. One thing that needs to be changed is Diplomatic Immunity and that starts in the Hague and with the United Nations. But then we have the UN Troops also accused of raping people in Haiti and other places. Seems to me the pattern is obvious. Diplomats and their allies and their diplomat buddies are all in the one game. Politicians cannot be trusted. the world does not need them and when we all realize that they won't be able to contain the resulting problems in the end. They rob from you, they steal from you, they let people get away with rapes and not even be sent to trails and too many others to list. Politician are not needed by Educated people. Therefore when it comes to Abdulrahman Al-Zuhayyan comments for one, they wouldn't matter. He would learn how to be more pleasant when speaking on an Indian Website. This tells you mannerisms is not their strong suit? To say the least. What is culture and education and status, if you have lost the primary basic foundation of that? Does that translate to status or does that translate to the street trash they mostly are and animals. India could solve this problem if they wanted to. But there we go again, the Politicians are all on the wrong side of the coin. And until that changes. what good does it do to talk about. It is what it is.
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            Wayne
            Oct 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm
            and PS Abdulrahman Al-Zuhayyan The only reason why your view might matter to some is for one reason and one reason only. Money? But that won't get you out of the mess your country is getting into know. You never know. Russia might be coming after you in the end by the way. You know since you dislike Iran and all.. I wouldn't put it past them my Friend. As a well educated person; if I were running that military, or Inidias, and I used to be in the Trident Nuke Forces in the Navy. Your country would be, not just may be, could be, possibly be, would not be around any longer. It's a small little dinky anyway thing that is really not very useful anymore any way. I mean once the world weans more off oil and things, what use will be it. It's like a position on Wall Street, once the et becomes less valuable you get rid of it. Liquidate it. And don't think there are not educated people, in this world, who might run those militaries that would not liquidate your country. I would but i'm not the one pressing those buttons.. Lucky for you? Other than that. As I said, Merry Christmas.
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