Diplomat from India Indicted by U.S.

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The diplomat from India, whose arrest caused a row with the U.S. and India, has been indicted again by the U.S. government. She faces arrest if she were to return to the U.S. said prosecutors Friday.

Devyani Khobragade faces a count of making false statements and one for visa fraud. She is alleged to have lied on her application for a visa about the amount of money she paid a housekeeper, according to Friday’s indictment that was filed in a federal court in Manhattan.

The court issued an arrest warrant for Khobragade said a spokesperson from the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York.

The latest indictment comes only days after the first indictment against the diplomat was dismissed by a judge who agreed with the assertion of her lawyer that she had been protected through diplomatic immunity during the time the first indictment was handed down.

Earlier in the week, government prosecutors gave signs that a new indictment could be likely. Khobragade, who left the U.S. in January, is now working in Delhi with the India Ministry of External Affairs.

Daniel Arshack, her attorney, did not comment on Friday. In a prepared statement, Arshack said India’s government would respond according.

The diplomat was arrested and then strip-searched by agents from the federal government on December of 2013 in New York City. That was followed by an indictment by a federal grand jury for visa fraud and for making false statements, which are the same charges she is currently facing.

Khobragade filed to have the charges dismissed claiming she had diplomatic immunity during the time she was arrested.

A judge in federal court agreed Monday with her motion ruling she had been appointed a Counselor to India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, which cloaked her with complete immunity.

She was appointed by India to that position in the UN January 8, just one day prior to being indicted the first time.

The spokesperson for external affairs in India, Syed Akbaruddin, released a statement that welcomed the judge’s ruling. The case of Khobragade has drawn attention internationally, with officials from India demanding Washington apologize and the U.S. announcing it would bring back an official from its New Delhi embassy.

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