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NY US attorney: Indian diplomat treated very well

December 19, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. attorney in New York says an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched following her detention on visa charges was treated very well and was even given coffee and allowed to make phone calls in a car for two hours.

In a highly unusual move for a federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) issued a lengthy statement Wednesday explaining the arrest of Devyani Khobragade (dayv-YAHN'-ee KOH'-bruh-gah-day) and saying she was accorded courtesies most other defendants wouldn't get.

He says U.S. Department of State agents arrested her discreetly last week and she wasn't handcuffed or restrained. He says she was searched by a female deputy marshal in private but calls it standard procedure for "every defendant, rich or poor, American or not."

The diplomat has pleaded not guilty. Her arrest and strip-search have sparked outrage in India and diplomatic tensions.



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