Posted: 12:25 am ET
A diplomat from the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York is accused of punching his wife but is shielded from arrest by diplomatic immunity according to media reports. NYPost says that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. wants the diplomatic immunity revoked for the German diplomat. State Department representatives have reportedly declined to discus the specifics of the case, except to say that the agency is “aware and concerned” of the incident — and that if Germany declines to waive immunity, they can require that the diplomat leave the US. See more below:
An NYPD spokesperson said that there is no situation in which it is acceptable for an officer to apprehend someone with diplomatic immunity.
The mayor’s office has urged her to go to a shelter for domestic violence victims, said Johnson, who is resistant of the idea.
“Other than a shelter, I don’t have any other options and I’m not willing to go to a shelter,” she said. “I don’t think I’m made for that stuff. All my life, my husband has been providing for me. He has been keeping me secure. So I don’t really know the world outside.”
Johnson, a native of Pakistan who does not work, met Haubrichs in her homeland when he was working in the German embassy there.
But she still loves her man and doesn’t want any consequences to rain down on him. “I’m concerned for him. I don’t want him to lose his job or his title,” Johnson said. “I do want to have a respected life — of course, nothing like this — but I love him very much, I don’t want to compromise his career or position.”
“He’s a very caring person. It’s just sometimes the anger gets out of hand and things happen,” she said.