Istanbul, US consul involved in accident

Husband of the US consul in Istanbul did not cause a traffic accident

The US embassy in Turkey however confirms that the driver, who was drunk, was a member of its diplomatic staff.

The US embassy has denied that the husband of the US consul general in Istanbul, Julie Eadeh, was involved in the traffic accident that last week injured another driver on Büyükdere Avenue in the Şişli district, and which was caused by an official diplomatic car whose driver reportedly exceeded the maximum blood alcohol level by 4 times.

In a statement, the US Embassy in Turkey confirmed that a member of its diplomatic mission in the country had been involved in the traffic accident that occurred last Thursday in Istanbul; however, the US embassy denied that the person who rear-ended another vehicle on the busy Büyükdere Avenue (not far from the consulate) was the husband of the consul in Istanbul, Julie Eadeh.

Several Turkish media, including the semi-official Turkish agency Anadolu – which cited police sources – reported that the driver of said vehicle, identified as Mounir Elkhamri, had tested positive for breathalyzer and that he was the husband of the US consul; the information added that later, and using his diplomatic immunity, he left the scene of the accident.

The driver of the other vehicle, a Turkish citizen identified as Furkan Aksu, told the Turkish news agency Demirören that the man rear-ended his car when he was stopped at a traffic light, injuring him for which he had to be treated in a hospital. The witness also claims that the individual was violent, and that he insulted and threatened the police officers who came to the scene of the accident.

Yesterday, the US embassy in Turkey reacted to this news with a message on Twitter denouncing that the Turkish media were “publishing inaccurate details about an accident“, also adding that Mounir Elkhamri, despite being a member of its diplomatic staff, he is not the husband of the US consul in Istanbul, who is “married to another diplomat who works at the US embassy in Ankara.” US embassy also assured that it was in contact with the Turkish authorities, and wished the accident victim “a speedy recovery.”