US lawyers in Pakistan to defend DavisMarch 5th, 2011 - 10:30 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, March 5 (IANS) Two US lawyers Saturday arrived in Pakistan to provide legal aid to a US official facing trial for gunning down two Pakistani men, Xinhua reported.
The shooting deaths in January in Lahore have caused a diplomatic row between the two allies.
The US had earlier said that Raymond Davis is a consulate employee but later said he is a CIA contractor.
Davis had told the police that he fired in self-defence, but investigators have rejected his claim, saying that he had intentionally fired at the two men.
A third Pakistani was also crushed to death by a US consulate car when it rushed to Davis’s aid.
The US is demanding his release, saying he cannot be tried in a court as he enjoys diplomatic immunity, but a court in Lahore this week rejected the immunity claim and ruled to proceed with the case.
The US has also hired services of Pakistani lawyers to defend Davis. His lawyers said during the last hearing that they would submit documents to prove Davis is a diplomat.
Local TV channels reported that American lawyers will meet Davis at a prison in Lahore and discuss the progress in the case. They will also hold a meeting with the victims’ families.
The US diplomats are now seeking to settle the case under the Islamic law and have reportedly offered compensation to the victims’ families, media report said.
Pakistan, a close US ally, is under pressure from Washington to free Davis, but it is also facing pressure as the opposition parties are demanding punishment for the accused.
The Lahore High Court has stopped the government from releasing Davis till it gives its final verdict. The Pakistan foreign ministry was expected to submit a reply in the court whether Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity.
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- Davis case: Foreign ministry seeks more time from court - Feb 17, 2011
- Double murder case against Davis adjourned until March 16 - Mar 08, 2011
- Two US law experts reach Lahore to provide legal assistance to Davis - Mar 05, 2011
- Zardari aides hope Pak, US will 'work out differences' on Raymond Davis' detention - Feb 10, 2011
- 'Pressurised' Pak Foreign Office relents, declares murder accused American "a diplomat" - Feb 16, 2011
- Davis had ID card of US consulate in Peshawar - Feb 20, 2011
- Pak police says it has proof that US diplomat's shooting was "clear murder" - Feb 11, 2011
- US appoints legal counsel for Davis - Feb 22, 2011
- US official to be charged with murder: Pakistani police - Feb 11, 2011
- No diplomatic immunity for murder-accused US consulate worker: Pak official - Jan 30, 2011
- Raymond Davis is a CIA spy, says British daily - Feb 21, 2011
- Pakistan court indicts Davis for double murder (Lead) - Mar 16, 2011
- US seeks immediate release of Davis - Feb 12, 2011
- Pakistan relentless on US official's arrest, trial - Jan 30, 2011
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