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US-India diplomatic row: US prosecutor defends treatment of Indian diplomat

Published on Dec 19, 2013 12:30 PM
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US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr Preet Bharara, speaks at a press conference in New York, on Nov 4, 2013. The US attorney has defended the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched after her arrest last week on charges of underpaying her nanny, a case that has strained US-Indian relations. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The US attorney in Manhattan has defended the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched after her arrest last week on charges of underpaying her nanny, a case that has strained US-Indian relations.

Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara, in an unusually lengthy written statement in a pending case, said on Wednesday he wanted to clear up the "misinformation" surrounding the arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade, and he questioned why there was more sympathy for Dr Khobragade than her alleged victim.

"Ms Khobragade was accorded courtesies well beyond what other defendants, most of whom are American citizens, are accorded," Mr Bharara said, adding that his sole motivation was to "hold accountable anyone who breaks the law - no matter what their societal status and no matter how powerful, rich or connected they are."

He said Dr Khobragade had been "fully searched" by a female deputy marshal after her arrest.

 
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