The death of a cyclist has provoked anger in Germany after it emerged the driver responsible is a Saudi who cannot be prosecuted because he has diplomatic responsibility.
Police said the unnamed driver had opened the door of his Porsche directly into the cyclist’s path in Berlin’s fashionable Neukölln district without checking to see if the road was clear.
The 55-year-old cyclist, named only as Michael E under German privacy laws, had no time to brake or swerve out of the way. He was rushed to hospital but died of his injuries.
Police said that under normal circumstances the 51-year-old driver would face investigation and possible prosecution on suspicion of negligent manslaughter.
But prosecutors said they had no choice but to close the case because he has diplomatic immunity.
Around 250 cyclists gathered at the scene of the accident on Thursday night to demand the driver face justice.
“I don’t care if he’s a diplomat or …