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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pakistan Court Rejects CIA Agent Davis’ Claim for Diplomatic Immunity

LAHORE: In a setback to US efforts to seek early release of its national Raymond Davis arrested for a double murder, a Pakistani court today rejected his claim that he has diplomatic immunity and said it would go ahead with his trial.
During the last hearing of the case, 37-year-old Davis, a suspected CIA contractor, had filed an application in which he insisted that he had immunity.

Lawyers representing the families of the two men shot dead by Davis in Lahore in January and the prosecution counsel today presented their arguments during proceedings conducted behind closed doors at Kot Lakhpat Jail by Additional District and Sessions Judge Yousuf Aujla.
After hearing the arguments of defence and prosecution lawyers, Judge Aujla said no authentic document had been presented by Davis or the Pakistan government to show that the American national had diplomatic immunity.
The judge said a note provided by the US embassy was not sufficient to prove Davis’ diplomatic status.
He rejected Davis’ application claiming diplomatic immunity and said the court has the jurisdiction to go ahead with his trial.
When defence lawyers told the judge that they had not been provided all the documents related to the charges levelled against Davis, Aujla directed the prosecution to ensure this was done and adjourned the case till March 8.
Lawyers representing the families of the two men killed by Davis said they expected the court to formally indict Davis at the next hearing.
Davis was represented at today’s hearing by three lawyers, including Zahid Hussain Bukhari, a former judge of the Lahore high court.

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