Alleged Visa Fraud Not Necessarily A Grave Crime: U.S. Attorney
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Alleged Visa Fraud Not Necessarily A Grave Crime: U.S. Attorney

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Washington: The U.S. can still withdraw the alleged visa fraud case against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, although it could face some difficulties before the judiciary, according to a top American lawyer.

“I think, in this particular case, when the issue is not necessarily mistreatment in a physical sense, but low wages, I think it moves a little bit more towards a serious crime, but not necessarily a grave crime,” G Douglas Jones, the ex-Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, and currently the Treasurer of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys, said.

India has strongly objected to the arrest of 39-year-old Khobragade arguing that the allegations of visa fraud against her is not grave enough to arrest her, and thus the U.S. has violated Vienna Convention for Consular Relations of 1963.

The U.S., however, claims this to be a grave crime.

Jones conceded that the interpretation of the crime under the Vienna Convention is a grey area and it is for the governments concerned to define it.

“Laws like that are often subject to the interpretation of the person who wants to use the law either for or against the particular point. I can certainly see the Indian government’s point. From the U.S. point of view it is a serious enough crime that would merit some type of arrest. But in this country also remember that the nature of the crime is only aspect of a consideration,” he said, adding the flight risk of Khobragade could have been one of the reasons for her arrest.

“It is a very very sensitive and a very difficult case to manage at this point,” Jones said.

Read Also: U.S. Officials Made A Mistake In Khobragade's Arrest:Lawyer and New Indian Envoy Arrives In U.S., Efforts Pick Up To Defuse Row

Source: PTI
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1: I read on the internet that there was an error on the part of the official who handled DS-160 form of the maid. He thought that USD 4500 was the salary of the maid when in fact, it was the base salary of Ms. Khobragade. This was clearly stated on the Ds-160 form.
Posted by:shan - 26 Dec, 2013
2: India has the means right now to make all U.S. presidents present themselves in India to be whipped and hanged.

Filthy niggers of the Indian government such as the Commerce & Industry Minister & Foreign Minister insist on putting “the extremely valuable partnership” with the United States above all else; they have a partnership with the U.S. in raping Mother India -- they pull apart and hold open the entrances to the cavities of Mother India which the United States then rapes. They deserve death even more than Ratan Tata about whom I wrote: “Ratan Tata should be whipped and hanged for giving $50 million to Harvard University where the world’s greatest scientist was publicly tortured for being an Indian and to keep India poor, weak and enslaved”. I have described -- IndiasLegitimateRulerSatishChandraDOTblogspotDOTcom -- the war waged with the help of 24-hour satellite surveillance for the past 37 years against the only Indian who is an obstacle to the Americans’ rape of India.
Posted by:Satish Chandra - 26 Dec, 2013
Dear Satish Chandra Ji:

Do you have something new to say than this 50 niggers story. Please write comments specifically related to the news item we are discussing. Thanks. "Happy New Year"
Krishan Kumar Replied to: Satish Chandra - 26 Dec, 2013