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FLEOA Blasts India Government Officials

FLEOA DEFENDS THE MARSHALS SERVICE’S PROCESSING OF ARRESTED INDIAN CONSULAR OFFICIAL

 

Washington, DC ‐ Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced its opposition to the criticism of Indian officials regarding the Marshals Service’s processing of Devyani Khobragade. DSS Special Agents arrested Khobragade, an Indian consular official, for alleged visa fraud.

Subsequent to Khobragade's arrest, Indian officials levied baseless allegations against the Marshals Service for their arrest processing procedures. They alleged that the Marshal Service's handling of Khobragade was "barbaric" (CNN 12/18/13), and Indian spokesman Syed Akbaruddin declared that he was "shocked and appalled at the manner in which she was humiliated by U.S. authorities." Akbaruddin's puffed indignation stems, in part, from the fact that Khobragade was stripsearched during her arrest processing.

All arrested subjects brought to the Marshals Service for processing are thoroughly searched in a professional manner for everyone's safety.  According to FLEOA National President Jon Adler, "All arrested subjects are treated fairly and equally, and the Marshals Service doesn't exempt anyone due to their gender, national origin or good looks." Adler added, "When someone is arrested for a violation of federal law, they do not get processed for a tea and crumpets ceremony. Perhaps Indian officials should direct their outrage towards Ms. Khobragade for her alleged visa fraud and the alleged servant wages she paid her housekeeper."

FLEOA also objects to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf's statement that she is reviewing the Marshals handling of Khobragade to ensure "every opportunity for courtesy was extended." In response to this
statement, Adler remarked, "The Marshals Service is not in the business of extending courtesies and discriminating among its prisoners. They are in the business of professionally and safely processing all prisoners for alleged violations of federal law."

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (www.fleoa.org) is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 federal law enforcement officers from over 65 Agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service.