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Indian diplomat in servant row to leave US: prosecutor

Published on Jan 10, 2014 5:13 AM
 

NEW YORK (AFP) - An Indian diplomat whose arrest in New York sparked an intense row is expected to leave the United States on Thursday night as she was hit with charges over treatment of her servant, officials said.

After weeks of escalating tensions between the usually friendly countries, the United States and India reached an agreement in which diplomat Devyani Khobragade left the country but still faces charges if she returns.

Mr Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the southern district of New York, informed a judge that a grand jury had filed two counts of visa fraud and making false statements against Khobragade but said there would be no need to arraign her before a court due to her absence.

“We understand that the defendant was very recently accorded diplomatic immunity status and that she departed the United States today,” Mr Bharara, the US attorney for the southern district of New York, told the judge.

 
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