Daily News, February 16, 2009
Afghan diplomat Mohammed Fagirad charged in all-day wife beating in NY
Fagirad told police his "wife was a dog and he was going to treat her like a dog"
By Nicole Bode
An Afghan diplomat was charged Friday with beating his wife "like a dog" for more than 15 hours in their Queens home, prosecutors said.
Mohammed Fagirad, 30, a vice consul at the Afghanistan Consulate, brutalized his wife inside their Flushing home from about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday until nearly midnight, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
During the attack, Fagirad bit, slapped, choked and beat the 22-year-old woman with a belt, pushed her down a flight of stairs and sat on her chest, prosecutors said.
At one point, prosecutors said, Fagirad threw his wife up against a wall, held her there by the neck and then let her drop to the floor, where he beat her with a belt.
Fagirad told police his "wife was a dog and he was going to treat her like a dog," prosecutors said.
When Fagirad left the home, his wife fled and went to the 109th Precinct stationhouse, where she filed a domestic violence report, prosecutors said. She then returned home.
When Fagirad returned, he demanded his wife's cell phone and called police to file a counterclaim, prosecutors said.
The woman, who was not named, was hospitalized for bruises and scratches to her neck and back.
Prosecutors said Fagirad's limited diplomatic immunity only covers work-related infractions.
He was awaiting arraignment last night in Queens Criminal Court.
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