Congo Diplomat accused of groping woman during Uber share ride let go thanks to immunity
The victim said she was already in an Uber Pool ride-share with a friend of hers when the driver picked up another rider, Athys Kabongo Kolonji.
A Democratic Republic of Congo official, who allegedly groped a woman he had met in a shared Uber on Wednesday, was reportedly let go without any charges him because he cited diplomatic immunity, according to police reports.
The victim, a 31-year-old married woman and a mother of two, reportedly told New York Post: "America has given diplomats immunity to come here and touch people inappropriately? I don’t understand." He harassed me and I think he should pay for this,” she said. Her name was not revealed by the publication.
Recalling the ill-fated night, the victim said she was already in an Uber Pool ride-share with a friend of hers when the driver picked up another rider, Athys Kabongo Kolonji, who is Congo’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development. The minister was reportedly picked up by the Uber car from a strip club around 4:00 am.
The woman alleged that as the car started moving through Queens, New York, Kabongo slid her hand up her inner thing and touched her over her crotch, according to The Post's sources. Reports state that the victim's friend caught Kolonji touching the woman and the woman shoving him on videotape.
The victim and her friend then called the cops and the officials brought Kabongo for questioning. He was, however, let go after some time without any charges slapped against him, when he claimed diplomatic immunity, reports state.
“America has given diplomats immunity to come here and touch people inappropriately? I don’t understand,” said the outraged victim https://t.co/w9Hz6ZXY5W— New York Post (@nypost) October 4, 2018
The victim, however, said that she wants to see him punished citing that she has witnesses who witnessed the crime. "I have witnesses that he put his hand up my skirt. He harassed me. Period," the victim said.
The Post reportedly called the Democratic Republic of Congo's New York embassy for a statement, the call, however, went unanswered.