Friday, February 11, 2011

American on murder charges again held in Pakistan

Two more weeks, and at the end of that?

(Reuters) - A Pakistani court jailed an American, accused of murdering two Pakistani men during what he said was an attempted robbery, for 14 more days on Friday, dragging out a diplomatic row between the troubled allies.

Raymond Davis, a U.S. embassy employee who Washington says has diplomatic immunity, shot and killed two Pakistani men on January 27 in Lahore in what he and the United States say was self-defense.

Pakistan has questioned his diplomatic status and has detained Davis on remand since the incident, infuriating the United States. Washington says his continued detention is a violation of international treaties.

"He has been sent to Kot Lakhpat jail on a 14-day judicial remand," Abdul Samad, deputy prosecutor general, told reporters, referring to the city's main prison. Police will continue their investigation, he said.

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