February 1, 2023

South Sudan UN diplomat Charles Dickens Imene Oliha accused of raping neighbor who told police she was so in shock she fell asleep after the sexual assault but a friend later convinced her to call 911

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A South Sudanese diplomat at the United Nations in New York City, Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, has been accused of raping his neighbor in their Upper Manhattan building on Sunday. The 24-year old victim told police she was so in shock she fell asleep after the alleged sexual assault took place and a friend later convinced her to call 911. Oliha, 46, is said to be married with four children, including a newborn.

The New York Post reported that it repeatedly knocked on Oliha’s door on Tuesday but no sounds came from inside the house, and that there was no light visible from behind a red curtain fluttering in a window.

The State Department told the paper that it was aware of the incident but does not comment on the specifics of ongoing investigations. “We are aware of the incident referenced involving a diplomat accredited to the United Nations,” a State Department representative said in an e-mail. “We take these allegations seriously, and we are working closely with the New York Police Department and the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, as we do in all legal and criminal cases involving foreign diplomats assigned to Permanent Missions and Observer Offices at the UN.”

The Post quoted a New York Police Department spokesperson as saying that the State Department was going to decide. “It’s a situation where the State Department is going to have to decide what they going to do with the case,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added, “”It’s still under investigation at this point. Whenever there’s a sexual assault like this, it’s horrible. As a law-enforcement agency, we have done all that we can do at this point.

The post reported that “Oliha allegedly raped his 24-year-old neighbor twice after forcing his way into her apartment at 64 Wadsworth Terrace. Oliha allegedly raped his 24-year-old neighbor twice after forcing his way into her apartment at 64 Wadsworth Terrace.”

“Sexual assault of any kind should never be tolerated,” City Hall said in a statement. “There is an active investigation underway. Depending on the results, we will take all appropriate actions.”

Oliha is accused of twice raping a 24-year-old woman — once with a condom and once without — after following her from the lobby of their building at 64 Wadsworth Terrace and forcing his way into her apartment around noon Sunday. The paper quoted police as saying that it doesn’t appear that they knew each other. Oliha was released without being charged due to his diplomatic immunity, the report said.

The woman allegedly told cops that she was in shock afterward and fell asleep, with a friend later convincing her to call 911. She called 911 around 9:30 p.m., and cops took Oliha into custody for questioning around 10:45 p.m., law-enforcement sources said Tuesday.

The woman was taken to Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where a rape kit was performed, sources told the Post. It quoted NYPD as saying that “Oliha was cut loose without any charges early Monday after detectives confirmed he enjoyed diplomatic immunity because of his job with South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.”

A neighbor claimed that Oliha drank heavily and would often fall asleep on the sidewalk. One neighbor said Oliha “was under immense stress” from his job and began drinking so heavily that he repeatedly passed out on the sidewalk before he suddenly stopped about three weeks ago, The Post reported.


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