The Indian government has slammed the arrest in New York City of one of its middle-ranking diplomats as being contrary to the Vienna Convention, and characterized the U.S. prosecutor’s explanation as “rhetorical” and an act of “interference.”
Deputy consul-general Devyani Khobragade, 39, was arrested on Dec. 12 and later bailed on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her domestic helper, who is also Indian. The alleged offenses do not appear to be covered by diplomatic immunity and U.S. prosecutor Preet Bharara said that in detention Khobragade was given courtesies “well beyond” what regular suspects are shown.
“The agents arrested her in the most discreet way possible, and unlike most defendants, she was not then handcuffed or restrained. In fact, the arresting officers did not even seize her phone as they normally would have,” said Bharara, who added that marshals “brought her coffee and offered to get her food.”
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