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Foreigners under strict surveillance after Raymond Davis episode

The International News Monday March 21, 2011

PESHAWAR: The security agencies across the country have been given the green light to go after suspicious foreigners in their respective areas following reports about the presence of spies in the guise of aid workers and diplomats, a source confided to The News.

Statistics show that at least 2,570 foreigners of 78 different countries, including 1,919 appointed on diplomatic positions, are presently working in foreign missions across Pakistan.

An American national Aaron Mark DeHaven was arrested in Peshawar on February 24 for overstaying in Pakistan as his visa had expired in October last year. He has married a local woman and has been living in the city for many years despite the fact that foreigners were facing threats in Peshawar and rest of the province.

Four other Americans were detained for a couple of hours on March 14 by cops from the University Town police station. The same police station briefly held three other foreigners, including a French national and an Australian, on March 18 but they were released after the investigators were satisfied that they had the required legal documents. Foreigners have also been held in Lahore and other cities of the country.

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March 21, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan court may indict CIA contractor for murder

(Reuters) March 8, 2011-

A Pakistani court is likely to indict a CIA contractor next week for murdering two men, lawyers said on Tuesday, despite U.S. insistence he has diplomatic immunity, acted in self-defense and should be released.

The arrest of American contractor Raymond Davis, 36, who shot dead two Pakistanis in the eastern city of Lahore on January27 in what he said in was an act of self-defense, has put grave strains on relations between the United States and its important ally Pakistan.

“The lawyers of the victims pleaded that David be charged, but we contested it could not happen until we get complete documents on the case,” Davis’ lawyer, Zahid Hussain Bokhari, told Reuters.

“He is probably going to be charged with murder at the next hearing, which is on March 16.”

Before the next murder hearing, Davis has a hearing at the Lahore High Court on March 14 which could determine if he has diplomatic immunity and should be released.

Meanwhile, another American, identified as Aaron Mark DeHaven, arrested in the northwestern city of Peshawar for overstaying his visa, was released on 2 million rupees ($23,356.30) bail on Tuesday on the orders of a local court, jail officials said.

($1=85.25 Pakistani Rupee)

March 8, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Casualties, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peshawar court grants bail to Aaron De Haven

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani court granted bail on Monday to a US citizen said to have been working for a private security company and detained after he outstayed his Pakistani visa, court officials said.

Dawn.com Aaron Mark De Haven was arrested last month from a residential area in the northwestern city of Peshawar, close to the lawless tribal belt near the Afghan border.

“His bail application has been accepted,” additional district and sessions judge Altaf-ur-Rehman said in his order.

An earlier bail plea by De Haven was rejected last week, but the grant of bail came after an appeal and followed a lower court’s extension of his judicial remand until March 18.

“The US national has been ordered to submit a surety bond of two million rupees (about $23,500).  His release orders will be issued soon after furnishing the surety bonds,” a court official said.

De Haven has been ordered not to leave the area without informing police until his case is concluded, the official added.

Relations between Pakistan and the United States are already strained over the arrest in late January of a CIA contractor identified as Raymond Davis, who has been charged with murder for shooting dead two men in Lahore.

The United States is demanding his release, insisting that Davis has diplomatic immunity.

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March 7, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , | Leave a comment

American contractor, Aaron Mark Dehaven, appears in Pakistani court

By Riaz Khan Associated Press at Forbes  February 26, 2011
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — An American detained for visa violations in northwest Pakistan is a contractor who had worked on a U.S.-funded construction project in the region, a security official said Saturday.

DeHaven appeared in court Saturday in Peshawar, and a judge ordered him detained for 14 more days while police investigate him.

The security official said DeHaven was a contractor who had worked on at least one construction contract for the U.S. government in the region, declining to give more details.

He said DeHaven is a 34-year-old from Virginia who is married to a Pakistani woman. The official asked that his name not be published because of the sensitivity of the case. Please see the original here

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan | , , , | 1 Comment