Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Diplomatic soap opera unfolds: ambassador deserts wife, cancels her credit card/insurance and takes away 40 beloved cats

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Ynet.com released this story today.  Apparently, the diplomatic community in Israel  is stunned because an ambassador from an unnamed South American country has abandoned his wife in Israel, leaving her with nothing. Excerpt:
The woman says her husband took all their shared assets, her personal belongings, and the 40 cats she raised at her home before returning to his home country without informing her.

The envoy at the center of the affair is a veteran, respected ambassador who completed his first tenure in Israel and was about to return to his home country and retire. About a month ago, his wife flew to Europe to attend the wedding of her daughter from a previous marriage. A few days later, her husband called her to inform her that he's returning to their home country and taking all their furniture, she says.
The ambassador reportedly also took the woman's jewelry and clothes, leaving her penniless. He also cancelled her credit card and medical insurance. However, she was most hurt by the disappearance of her 40 cats and two dogs.
The woman turned to the embassy but officials refused to reveal any information, prompting the woman to hire private eyes.
Israel's Foreign Ministry approached the South American embassy in question and demanded its immediate intervention in helping the woman, who holds a diplomatic passport. The woman herself wrote an angry letter to her embassy and asked for its help.

Meanwhile, the husband's attorneys contacted the wife and embarked on negotiations regarding her rights. However, the woman filed a theft complaint with the police on Monday.

Read the whole story here.


hannah said...

Wow, this tops the British ambassador in Yemen... well done you!

Big said...

Some Diplomats think that it is ok to abuse their family in another country. It is NEVER okay. He should be dealt with accordingly. His wife? How would he treat others? Another wife/woman abuser? What about the male Indian diplomat in the UK who battered his wife?

Does anyone know about any protective services in DC where battered Diplomat Moms can go?

Domani Spero said...

@hannah - Thanks!

I think the Indian diplomat was voluntarily withdrawn by his country and is presumably back in India. Hard to say if he will ever get to court since the wife apparently went underground in the UK.

I do not know where battered diplomat moms can go in DC. Domestic violence is a serious case in the US but I am not a lawyer. Please check out the contact info below and see if they can help:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or (TTY) 1-800-787-3224

Also this on the ins/outs of the law:

Another group
You can read more about SAFE in their website:

To speak to an Advocate:
Domestic Violence Intake Center, NW
DC Superior Court
500 Indiana Avenue, NW Room 4200
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 879-7851
FAX: (202) 879-1191
Hours: Mondays 8:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Domestic Violence Intake Center, SE
United Medical Center
1320 Southern Avenue, SE Room 311
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 561-3000
FAX: (202) 561-3093
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

I hope this is helpful.