US judge dismisses charges in Indian diplomat case

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed charges against an Indian diplomat whose New York arrest and strip search spurred an international flap.

A ruling filed Wednesday says Devyani Khobragade (dayv-YAHN'-ee KOH'-bruh-gah-day) had diplomatic immunity when she was indicted on charges of fraudulently obtaining a work visa for her housekeeper and lying about the maid's pay.

But the ruling leaves open the possibility prosecutors could bring a new indictment against her. The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan hasn't commented on its plans.

Khobragade's attorney, Daniel Arshack, says she feels the rule of law prevailed.

After being indicted, she complied with a Department of State order to leave the U.S. The Indian government then asked Washington to withdraw a diplomat from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. The U.S. complied.

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