Thursday, February 17, 2011

The prosecution against Raymond Davis has been adjourned till March 14

The Lahore high court has adjourned the case on Thursday with the ruling which is made my Chief Justice Lahore High Court Mr. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry that the US consulate employee Raymond Davis could not leave the country until the case trials are not to be completed. 
The court has also given a time of three weeks to the Pakistani foreign ministry for submitting its response whether the US national Raymond Davis has the status of Diplomatic immunity. The name of Raymond Davis, who had shot and killed two Pakistani citizens in Lahore last month, has been added in the exit control list, told the court by the Deputy Attorney General.
Shah Mahmood Qurashi, former foreign minister of Pakistan has said that Davis does not have complete diplomatic status, on the other hand the Pakistan foreign ministry has rejected the rumors that it had confirmed the US national’s right to immunity.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the courts must set Davis' destiny, but he has recommended that the relatives of the two Pakistan died men pardon the American following a top priority based visit to Pakistan by US Senator John Kerry amongst resolving the difficult issue. John Kerry, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and arrived in Lahore on Tuesday, voiced deeply apologized over the killings.
One of the lawyers, Mohammad Azhar Siddique, told AFP "The act of Raymond Davis is not roofed by the complete immunity because he has committed a terrible crime." According to the investigation he has been charged with the murder, so he will have to face the trial as per the law.
Raymond Davis insists he opened fire in self-defense when he shot dead the two men in a busy street in the eastern city of Lahore while the third Pakistani was died when he severely  damaged by a US diplomatic vehicle that came to Davis' assistance. The Pakistani government camps are keeping quite due to public pressure over this incident while the American officials have insisted Davis must be released very soon under the international law.

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