Pak court extends detention of US citizen held on ‘illegal stay’ charges

March 7th, 2011 - 4:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Peshawar, (ANI): A Pakistan court on Monday extended the detention of US citizen Aaron Mark De Haven, who was arrested by Peshawar police for overstaying his visa.

Haven, who hails from Virginia, was taken into custody from Falcon Complex, a residential area in Peshawarlast month.

His visa had expired on October 23 last year, but he kept on staying in Pakistan without a valid visa document.

“The court has extended the judicial remand till March 18,” the Dawn quoted a public prosecutor, as saying.

The court had rejected his bail application “because he had no legal documents”.

Aaron had told the court that he had come to Pakistan on a work visa and ran a company named Catalyst Services, and that he had already submitted an application to the Home Ministry for the extension of his visa.

According to another report, Aaron’s arrest was apparently part of a clampdown on American contractors by Pakistani authorities.

Driven by the suspicion that the Central Intelligence Agency had slipped many secret operatives like double murder-accused Raymond Davis into Pakistan in the past six months, Pakistan’s premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence has demanded an accounting by the American spy service of all its contractors working in the country, claimed a senior Pakistani intelligence official. (ANI)

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