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    Re: India-US diplomat row escalates.

    She should be expelled and the case terminated. This has become a ridiculous distraction that should never have happened.

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    Re: India-US diplomat row escalates.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    She should be expelled and the case terminated. This has become a ridiculous distraction that should never have happened.
    I don't think she should be expelled. No credible evidence has been made available to support the allegations that she did any wrong, allegations made by an individual against whom the diplomat had complained both in New York and New Delhi regarding extortion, etc.

    Instead, it appears that she was a target of overreach--in terms of how her apprehension was executed (given the allegations, there is no possible justification for a strip search), in the charges that were filed, and the bluster of the U.S. Attorney's news conference. If he had credible evidence, he would have furnished it rather than showboating and going off on extraneous tangents to question public's sympathies. More than likely, his showboating was aimed at masking his lack of credible and sufficient evidence to support the allegations. The U.S. Attorney probably calculated that the diplomat would quickly fold following the unnecessary and deliberate humiliation to which she was subjected and the pressure that was brought to bear. He likely expected a plea deal and easy "win" to bolster his credentials. That didn't happen.

    His inability to furnish credible evidence and his noted silence since the press conference despite rising public questions about the affair makes it increasingly clear he doesn't have much of a case, if any. If he did, India would have understood the realities of the matter and would have sought a face-saving exit for the diplomat (probably offering to pay a fine and withdraw the diplomat). Instead, India knows that the case is flawed. In those flaws, it has the necessary leverage to sustain its tough posture.

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    Re: India-US diplomat row escalates.

    The indictment against Ms. Khobragade was thrown out. I'm not surprised, as the prosecutor's theatrics suggested a weak case.

    Reuters reported:

    An Indian diplomat charged in New York with visa fraud and making false statements about a domestic worker she employed has won dismissal of a federal indictment, ending a chapter in an dispute that frayed U.S.-Indian diplomatic relations.

    Devyani Khobragade, who was India's deputy consul-general in New York, had diplomatic immunity when she sought on January 9 to dismiss the indictment, and thus could not be prosecuted, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday.


    Indian diplomat in U.S.-India row wins indictment's dismissal | Reuters

    Hopefully, in the weeks ahead, the diplomat will seek recourse against those who conducted the strip search, as the strip search was wholly inappropriate and completely unrelated to the allegations against her. Such a move could establish a precedent that could lead to reforms that reduce the probability of such abuses in the future. It could also help safeguard U.S. foreign policy from needless damage.

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    Re: India-US diplomat row escalates.

    Apparently, the diplomat was re-indicted with exactly the same charges:

    New indictment filed against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in U.S. visa-fraud case - The Washington Post

    No fresh evidence was provided. Engaging in a personal crusade is not consistent with the principles of the rule of law and it does not bolster the credibility of the American legal system.

    In the end, I have little doubt that the U.S. Attorney will lose his case. The evidence is weak. Nevertheless, his actions again threaten to interfere with American foreign policy and risk undermining U.S. interests. They also invite similar tit-for-tat pettiness directed at U.S. diplomats, which is also unproductive. The White House should squash the case, based on the legal ruling that dismissed the initial indictment.

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