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by Shane Stokes
June 20, 2017
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The widow of a man who died after a Saudi diplomat opened his car door into his path has protested the news that he is unlikely to be prosecuted. The unnamed man was sitting in a parked Porsche on Thursday and caused the crash of a cyclist named as Michael E through his actions; the 55-year-old was taken to hospital but sadly didn’t survive.
The news that the driver may escape prosecution due to diplomatic immunity has caused anger in Berlin, with cyclists there joining the late rider’s wife in protesting.
She was part of a group of 250 riders who travelled to the accident site at Neukölln, expressing their disapproval after prosecutors were forced to drop the case. “I don’t care if he’s a diplomat or not,” she told the Bild newspaper, according to Cycling Weekly. “He should get his just punishment.”
Government figures showed that last year foreign diplomats were involved in a staggering total of 22,880 traffic violations. However under the current rules, the German government can only request the embassies to waive the diplomatic immunities of such drivers.
The Saudi embassy in Berlin issued a statement, but didn’t comment on the fact that the driver looks set to get off. “We were very distressed by the tragic accident in Neukölln. We are in close contact with the German foreign ministry. In the name of the Saudi Embassy, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.”
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