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Pakistan extends US man’s remand over shootings

 

LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) A Pakistani court on Thursday defied pressure from Washington and extended the detention of a US government employee for eight more days pending investigation of a double murder in Lahore.

The US consular employee, whom Pakistani police have identified as Raymond Davis, was arrested a week ago and said that he shot dead two motorcyclists in self-defence, fearing that they were about to rob him.

A third Pakistani was run over and killed by a vehicle from the local US consulate that tried to come to Davis’s assistance.

Washington demands the man’s release, saying he has diplomatic immunity, as tempers run high in Pakistan over the incident.

About 250 demonstrators marched on the US consulate on Thursday, demanding the “Blackwater agent” be sent to the gallows and the release of a Pakistani woman jailed for the attempted murder of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Blackwater is the former name of a US private security company, now called Xe Services, which was accused of firing on Iraqi civilians in 2007.

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February 7, 2011 - Posted by | Blackwater, CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Pentagon, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , ,

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