Diplomat Taken into Custody after Scuffle Near United Nations

By Ben Fractenberg on September 24, 2010 4:16pm 

A scuffle involving Sudanese UN delegates broke out in Tudor City Thursday night.
A scuffle involving Sudanese UN delegates broke out in Tudor City Thursday night.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN — A U.N. delegate was taken into custody Thursday night after an alleged altercation in the Tudor Hotel, and then released because of his diplomatic status.

The scuffle broke out after Sudanese delegates refused to go through the metal detector at the hotel on East 42nd Street, the New York Post reported.

The delegates were reportedly trying to get into a party held by the Iranian delegation and didn't want to wait in line for the detector.

"There was a bit of a dispute ... there was some pushing and shoving and some resistance on the part of the Sudanese and members of their delegation to go through the magnetometer," NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the Post.

Kelly described the party as "overcrowded" as said a officer in the intelligence unit hurt his thumb in the "scuffle."

The Sudanese delegates eventually agreed to go through the metal detector, according to the Post.

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