Mohammad Yama Aini allegedly assaulted wife Mezhgan Aini, 30, inside their Union Street home in Flushing at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police sources said.
At some point, Aini then drove his wife to Flushing Hospital, where she eventually told workers he had pulled her hair, slapped her and punched her in the face, leaving her with swelling, pain and redness on her right eye, sources said.
Hospital workers called the police, who arrived at the medical facility at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, sources said.
But Mohammad, 46, could not be charged because of he is a counselor to the Afghan Mission to the UN, which gives him diplomatic immunity, sources said.
“Obviously, [the wife] was hurt enough that she went to the hospital and the hospital felt compelled enough to notify the police,” a source told The Post.
“I’m sure the hospital victims’ services referred her to get help. But if he’s not arrested, what can you do?”
Mohammad on Sunday denied to The Post that he hit his wife.
“I think you have it wrong,” he said over the intercom at the building where he and his family live. “Nothing happened. The hospital is saying nothing happened, and the doctors and my wife say that nothing happened between us.”
When a reporter asked to speak to his wife, he said she was not at home.
Mohammad Yama Aini will be investigated on his home turf by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tolo News in Afghanistan reported.
Had his country’s government done nothing, Aini would have remained at his job at the Afghan Mission to the UN — protected by diplomatic immunity from any prosecution in the United States.
Meanwhile, one neighbor said Wednesday that the whole family, including Mezhgan, who appears in public only in a full burkha, is “so polite, so quiet.”