US prosecutors seek plea deal in diplomat arrest

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Associated Press

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors and lawyers for a diplomat whose arrest triggered an outcry in India are at odds over a possible plea deal.

A letter filed Tuesday by attorneys for Devyani Khobragade (dayv-YAHN'-ee KOH'-bruh-gah-day) says federal prosecutors in Manhattan are trying to pressure her into pleading guilty by next week. They renewed a request for an extension of the Jan. 13 deadline for an indictment.

The letter came in response to a filing on Monday by prosecutors. In that filing, the government says its lawyers "participated in hours of discussions in the hope of negotiating a plea that could be entered in court before Jan. 13."

The diplomat is accused of fraudulently obtaining a work visa for her New York City housekeeper.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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