Pakistan: We're Holding US Diplomat 2 More Weeks

US threatens to cut aid to country over Raymond Davis controversy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2011 8:06 AM CST
Pakistan: We're Holding US Diplomat 2 More Weeks
Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamat-e-Islami chant slogans during a rally against Raymond Allen Davis in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

A Pakistani court has ruled that an American diplomat who allegedly shot and killed two men he says tried to rob him must remain in custody for 14 more days, CNN reports. Raymond Davis’ lawyer quickly filed a petition for his release, holding that he has diplomatic immunity. Davis has been transferred from police custody to “judicial remand”—which usually means prison. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25.

The US has called for his release, and American officials have threatened to cut aid to Pakistan over the matter. Meanwhile, a Pakistani police chief called Davis’ actions “clear-cut murder.” He said witnesses reported that Davis continued firing at the men as one ran away. He admits that the men were armed, and that one pointed a gun at Davis, but says they didn’t fire. (For one of the dead men's wives, a tragic end; click for that story.)

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