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India Disappointed at US Re-Indictment of Diplomat

FILE - Devyani Khobragade, December 8, 2013.FILE - Devyani Khobragade, December 8, 2013.
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FILE - Devyani Khobragade, December 8, 2013.
FILE - Devyani Khobragade, December 8, 2013.
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India says it is "disappointed" with the decision by U.S. federal authorities to re-indict an Indian diplomat on new visa fraud charges.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin called the re-indictment of Devyani Khobragade on Friday an "unnecessary step." He said the case against her has no merit.

A few days ago, a U.S. federal judge dropped the charges against Khobragade of fraudulently obtaining a work visa for her housekeeper and lying about the maid's pay. The judge ruled Khobragade had diplomatic immunity when she was first indicted in January.

India welcomed the dismissal of the charges.

Khobragade was arrested and strip searched last year in New York, triggering a dispute between the U.S. and India. The arrest also sparked outrage in India, particularly because of the strip search, and led India's government to take reprisal measures against U.S. diplomats in New Delhi.

Khobragade was India's deputy counsel-general in New York at the time of her arrest in December. U.S. prosecutors had accused the diplomat of forcing her maid to work for far less than the U.S. minimum wage and then lying about it on the housekeeper's visa application.

Faced with criminal prosecution, Khobragade left the United States in January, after India rejected a U.S. request to waive her diplomatic immunity. She is now reported to be working for India's Foreign Affairs Ministry in New Delhi.

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by: T J from: US
March 16, 2014 11:06 PM
Devyani is already in India. A 2nd indictment is waste of tax payer money. No one sees here what Preet is trying to do?? Climbing up the ladder with publicity like this only at the cost of tax payers.

by: charlie from: california
March 16, 2014 8:47 PM
The USA is based on laws and if every diplomat could lie at customs then why would we continue asking questions of people entering this country if they are allowed to become a joke at cocktail parties which Khobragade will attend in the future - say in Miami or Los Angeles. She needs to laugh it off and remain in India or if she has plans that involve the USA in her future then this is between her and the feds. She can't have her cake (her freedom) and eat it too (return to the USA without explaining herself).

by: hong from: italy
March 16, 2014 5:20 AM
becoming normal country and own an strong army is japan's core benefit. this country use china as an excuse to try to pull of the peace law which is maid by USA general.this law is an effort hard to get by affording thousands of USA soldiers life. the end aim of japan is enlarging their land area to get enough resource for their people.this action is nothing and no country can change . .what we can do just pay attention to what they have do carefully and given no chance to them.

by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
March 16, 2014 3:46 AM
America should re-read carefully the fine-lines of International Law governing the so called "Diplomatic Immunity".

This Re-indictment will be soon followed by Re-dismissal.

by: Bella Flores
March 16, 2014 3:25 AM
Then she shOuld of treated her hired help with HUMANITY~she needs tO be indicted...she basically tried tO have a slave. Wrong!!!! She is very deserving of an indictment

by: Larry from: USA
March 15, 2014 10:49 PM
Could you like give us a short para on the reason and/or justification for the re-indictment? Or do I have to search elsewhere for that?
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by: Anon from: New Jersey
March 16, 2014 12:14 AM
Yes ...

You see: I became a Federal prosecutor after serving a very photogenic Senator of my State. I have to make a career in my job and a good name recognition which gets me a green card into significant political office ...

I am mad that some people are constantly undercutting my effort to develop a sensational case that gives me a lot of press time and name recognition. You are paying for my service anyway -- so, I am sure you won't mind ...

Only the other day, I got my hind kicked by my brethren from other side of the Hudson when I tried to subpoena our Port Authority Official ...

Another chance lost ...
Not fair!



by: Hien
March 15, 2014 9:53 PM
Abide the laws where you live "diplomat" If you don't like just pack your stuffs and go home.
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by: ChrisM from: Richland
March 16, 2014 12:38 AM
In US many of these American folks don't abide by the laws: Crooked Judges, Lawyers, Banksters, Insurance corporations, insurance commissioners, utility commissioners, etc. They all scammed Americans. What are you going to do about them?
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by: Anon from: New Jersey
March 15, 2014 11:52 PM
How far is your home ???

by: daniel from: USA
March 15, 2014 9:47 PM
I really find it hard to believe that this young woman would have 100 hours of work, per week for a household servant to do. She doesn't look THAT messy.
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by: Anon from: New Jersey
March 15, 2014 10:19 PM
Tell me about it ...

For now, we say: "Underpaid maids of the world: come to America with your spouses. We will feed you!" ...

We pay the lawyers ...
Fed prosecutors make a career ...

We all win ...
'F' the international perspectives ...

by: Me from: RI
March 15, 2014 9:37 PM
No dipyolackit ammunition should ever be allowed.

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