Pakistan likely to release double murder-accused US diplomat soon: Report

February 5th, 2011 - 12:11 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Feb 5(ANI): Double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis, who is currently under Pakistani police detention, may be released soon, officials have indicated.

Two Pakistani officials in the United States told a foreign news agency that they expect Davis to be free in days, once the court goes over the documents submitted by US officials to prove his diplomatic status, Fox News reported.

US officials say the accused US consulate worker in Lahore acted in self-defence in shooting and killing two armed Pakistani men, who approached him on the street after robbing someone else.

Publicly, Pakistani officials have avoided giving definitive statements on whether Davis qualifies for diplomatic immunity, saying that his fate is up to the court.

But the Pakistani officials who spoke to the news agency said that their government had to let the case proceed until the US produced the necessary documents on Davis’ status. Pakistani police believes that the evidence supported Davis’ story, they added.

Davis was arrested soon after the January 27 shootings, and made a brief appearance in court on Thursday, while his next appearance is set for February 11.

Besides the two men who were shot dead, a bystander was killed when an American car rushing to the scene to help Davis struck him. (ANI)

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