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Indian diplomat's claim of immunity challenged by US prosecutors

Published on Feb 1, 2014 11:15 AM
 
This file photo taken on Jan 11, 2014, shows Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade (centre) leaving her guest house to meet with Indian Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid in New Delhi. Khobragade, whose December arrest led to a major international dispute, holds no immunity from US prosecution and should continue to faces charges of visa fraud, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in court papers. -- PHOTO: AFP  

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The Indian diplomat whose December arrest led to a major international dispute holds no immunity from US prosecution and should continue to faces charges of visa fraud, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in court papers.

Dr Devyani Khobragade was arrested on Dec. 12 on charges that she lied to US authorities about what she paid her housekeeper.

She was stripped-searched while detained in Manhattan federal courthouse, which led to a diplomatic firestorm between India and the United States that continued for weeks.

Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara's office argues in the court filings that Dr Khobragade is a former diplomat and not immune from prosecution.

 
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