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Embassy Invokes Diplomatic Immunity to Avoid Inquest in Death of Attache

The Israel Embassy invoked diplomatic immunity today to avoid an inquest into the death of its press attache, Major Mattityahu Sharon, which an Embassy spokesman called a clear case of suicide. Major Sharon was found dead of a pistol wound in his St. Johns Wood apartment Sunday. Police said there was no evidence of foul play. The Embassy spokesman said there was nothing to hide but that there was no point in causing further distress to Major Sharon’s widow and family. The Major had been married only a week at the time of his death. His body was flown to Israel today for burial.