(HorizonPost.com) – The son of an Israeli diplomat stationed at the Miami consulate who was arrested last weekend for running over a police officer in his motorcycle will not be protected by consular immunity, Local 10 News reported.
Avraham Yehuda Gil, the 19-year-old son of Eli Gill, consul for the administration at the Israeli Consulate General in Miami, was arrested last Saturday after what police said was an intentional act, according to the Miami Herald.
The incident occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 27 when Sunny Isles Beach Police Lt. Ruben Zamora was conducting a traffic stop on Collins Avenue.
The uniformed Zamora had been walking from his marked patrol car to the vehicle he pulled over when he saw Gil zig-zagging around cars on a Suzuki motorcycle. Zamora loudly ordered Gil to stop his bike but Gil continued to ride toward him, intentionally running Zamora over, according to the arrest report.
Zamora stated in the report that he grabbed Gil and pulled him off the motorcycle toward the ground.
According to the police report, Zamora suffered injuries to his leg and had to be taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics. Photos obtained by the Miami-Herald showed the extent of Zamora’s injuries and the motorcycle driven by Gil.
Gil has been charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting arrest through violence. He was also fined $300 for driving without a license and the state-required motorcycle endorsement.
During Gil’s Sunday bond hearing, his attorney informed the judge that as the son of a diplomat, Gil had consular immunity.
However, on Thursday, the US State Department confirmed in a statement to Local 10 News that immunity did not apply.
A State Department spokesperson said that officials were aware of the incident and confirmed that as a “dependent of an Israeli consular officer” Avraham Gil was not entitled to “civil or criminal immunity” based on his father’s position at the Israeli consulate.
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