Indian diplomat strip-searched in NY leaves US

2:48 AM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
Devyani Khobragade
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A U.S. government official says an Indian diplomat arrested and strip-searched in New York after being accused of lying about how much she paid her housekeeper has left the United States.

Devyani Khobragade had been ordered to leave the U.S. on Thursday after she was indicted on criminal charges of visa fraud and making false statements and Indian authorities refused to waive her immunity.

A senior U.S. government official in Washington who wasn't authorized to speak about the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity says she departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday night headed for India.

The diplomat is accused of fraudulently obtaining a work visa for her New York housekeeper. She says she's innocent.

The charges and her strip-search last month have drawn protests from Indian officials.

Associated Press

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