Pakistan: US immunity case postponed

2011-02-17 12:03
Lahore - A Pakistan court on Thursday adjourned until March 14, without ruling on whether a US official accused by police of murdering two men qualifies for diplomatic immunity or not.

The adjournment could prolong a crisis between the United States and Pakistan, where an anti-American populace is ruled by a government closely allied in the US war in Afghanistan.

"As the deputy attorney general has requested three weeks to submit a reply on the status of Raymond Davis, the case is adjourned until March 14," Lahore high court chief justice Ijaz Mohammad Chaudhry said.

The highest court in Punjab province had given the foreign ministry 15 days until Thursday to answer on whether Davis, who has already been held for three weeks, has full diplomatic status and is thus immune from trial.

Davis insists he acted in self-defence when he shot dead the two men in a busy street in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27. A third Pakistani died when struck by a US diplomatic vehicle that came to Davis's assistance.

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the US official's release.

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