Raymond Davis remand extended 8 days

Published: February 3, 2011

Supporters of a political party pose with masks and point toy guns at a man on the ground, as he pretends to be dead, during a protest against a U.S diplomat accused of killing two Pakistanis in Karachi February 2, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LAHORE: Raymond Davis, the American who killed two Pakistani men in Lahore last week, will be held for eight more days to allow for further investigation, a prosecutor said on Thursday, despite US statements that he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

Amid tight security, police brought Davis in an armoured car to appear before a magistrate in Lahore on Thursday. Journalists were barred from the court proceedings.

“The police officials told the court that investigations have not yet completed. The judge extended the remand (detention) for eight more days,” Abdul Samad, a deputy prosecutor general at the high court told Reuters.

Davis was arrested a week ago after shooting dead two Pakistanis in Lahore in what Davis says was an act of self-defence during an attempted robbery.

Davis told the court on Friday that he opened fire on two motorcyclists in self-defence, fearing that they were about to rob him. The two men later died in the hospital.

A third Pakistani was run down and killed when US personnel in an consulate SUV apparently tried to rescue Davis, police said.

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday barred the government from handing him over to Washington, saying it would decide whether he has diplomatic immunity or not.

After first identifying the man as a staff member of the US consulate in Lahore, the embassy on Saturday described him as a diplomat and said he had been unlawfully detained.

Arresting a diplomat is a violation of international norms and the Vienna Conventions, it said.

Interior minister Rehman Malik told the Senate on Wednesday that Davis holds a diplomatic passport but maintained that his case would be settled by the court.

The third death

Davis has reportedly shared information about his colleagues who ran over a person after the shooting and managed to get away.

Sources told Express 24/7 that the team investigating Davis has demanded that the US Consulate hand over the four people to them. The team has also demanded possession of the vehicle which ran over a third Pakistani at Qurtaba Chowk right after the incident.

The vehicle that ran over the victim is reportedly parked inside the consulate.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Faisal Awan
    Feb 3, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Using Illegal Weapon is act of terrorism in Pakistan and terrorists are above any international laws and immunity, thats why Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan was handed over to USA for trial and detention in Guantanamo Bay.

    If the act of arrest and handing over of a ambassador was not treated under international immunity law by both Pakistan and USA, why killer of 2 Pakistanis through illegal weapon should be given the immunity Recommend

  • ashiq hussain
    Feb 3, 2011 - 4:19PM

    All religious parties carries heavy weapons and doing terrorism in the name of religion such as sucide bombings, bombings of girls school etc. Is this not a terrorism? Hafiz Saeed and its staff openly carries weapons and they openly doing terrorism in Kashmir and India? Why these terrorist is roaming in paksitan?Recommend

  • karachiite
    Feb 4, 2011 - 12:26AM

    nothing is going to happen US will wait until Pakistan media is caught up in another hot issue and in guise of that furore Mr. Davis will leave Pakistan then there will be 10 more days of media frenzy 4,5 rallies a couple of shops burned and back to square one waiting for another dramaRecommend

  • Abbas Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 3:55AM

    OK, everyone has scored points, lets return him now and get some money for poor families.Recommend

  • Adnan Arshad Mansoori
    Feb 4, 2011 - 4:16AM

    The horrible & horrified Event of Raymond Davis, one of the deadliest in the U.S intelligence agency’s history, gave a stark signal of an upsurge of violence in the crucial battlegrounds in the war-torn country – & – we may count as it Victimization – Well as per Ruling Elite Vienna Convention Remedy for this American — watch in the following Poetry & along-with relevant Picture — Who is DRAMATIZING to this Situation instead of Prevailing JUSTICE — Only with Putting Tremendous Pressure.

    –“Griftari”- = Arrestment of American Brutal Killer Raymond Davis

    *Mustanad Khabar = Authentic & an Undeniable hundred percent Confirmed News

    *RM Nay *SS Say Phone Per Kaha = Rehman Malik so called Interior Minister of Pakistan Spoke with Shabaz Sharif the Punjab Chief Minister – “Find Some Remedy & Way for this American namely Raymond Davis as Americans are getting Annoyed.”

    Az-Khud Batla-Rahi Hay = My MUSLIMS Brother & Sisters — You may JUDGE at your own-end — how much Tremendous PRESSURE is Usually Built By Red White & Blue Countries on our High Command — if there is any horrible & horrified MISDEED or MISCONDUCT is Occurred by them — then a REMAINING only ONE Logical Question — Do Our High Command have such CAPABILITY to Handle to these As Hles – Americans & Mther Fu*ker – Britishers & NATO Officials?

    *Durj Zail Tasweer = Under mentioned following Picture of American General Pateros & Pak Army General Pervaiz Kiyani

    Mustanad Khabar: *RM Nay *SS Say Phone Per Kaha –Beich Ka Rasta Nikalna Hay-
    Yeh *Durj Zail Tasweer –– Raymond Davis Ki –“Griftari”—- Kay Forun Baad – Ki – Hay-
    Muslim Ummah – Andaza Hay Lagasakti –– Kiya KAHANI –—- *Az-Khud Batla-Rahi Hay-
    http://www.express.com.pk/images/NPLHE/20110201/SubImages/1101159536-1.jpg

    As many Pakistanis who are INNOCENT Commentator — they do not know the Economical Cum Financial History of Latin American – Argentina where-at before IMF & WB — she declared herself as Totally Insolvent Country — then What happened? — Believe Me — NOTHING HAPPENED & this is Entire Root Cause of American Presence here-at South Asia – If American Presence is finished this will over come automatically.

    http://www.google.com.pk/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&channel=s&hl=en&source=hp&q=Argentina+Declaration+Financially+Collapsed&meta=&btnG=Google+Search

    So that — In short — this is just a Hype & FALSE ALARM of IMF & WB under standing instructions of Red White & Blue Countries — against Pakistan — Being an Advocate of Corporate Dealings — Kindly Mark & Register — My Words — Well in ADVANCE — Nothing will Happen against Pakistan — it is SUPPOSED — Even in today’s Date — Pakistan is Totally Refuse to Return all the Debts which are comprised in an approximate Manner Fifty Billion US$ — Rather as in the capacity of an ADVOCATE — I may now & shall Elaborate if someone is INTERESTED as this is LONG & quiet DRY subject to Discuss — regarding — To Counter & Trap to these Red White & Blue — Countries who PROVIDED to Pakistan such Heavy LOANS — But Believe Me — this is Just a Left Hand Job for any Corporate Side but for an experienced Lawyer.Recommend

  • Faisal Awan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 9:48AM

    @ Ashiq Hussain

    Terrorism in all its forms is condemnable and suicide bombing is forbidden in Islam, there are more suicide bombing against Muslim any other religion. No religious party ever supported it, its always been the uneducated / illiterate Muslims, who are used terrorists.

    Kashmir is a occupied place and freedom fighter going from Pakistan can never be called as terrorists. Pakistan had freed large part of Kashmir in 1948 war and then again some portion in 1965 war and we will free the remaining portion through freedom fighters.

    There can never be cross border terrorism in Kashmir as Pakistan has no border with Kashmir, there is only line of control which is on continuous change for 1947.

    How many terrorist incidents in India apart from Kashmir are blamed on Hafiz Saeed, only 2 or 3.

    Lastly they have the licence for those weapons.

    India should stop pleading terrorism, If it has humanity, and abide by International Laws, it should call a Referendum in Kashmir. Recommend

  • Jameel Ahmed
    Feb 6, 2011 - 5:57PM

    “Tens of thousands of people crowded the streets of Lahore late on Sunday demanding freedom for the assassin of Punjab governor Salman Taseer. The protesters are also demanding death for the US consular official who killed two suspected armed robbers in self-defence.”
    Regardless of the actual number of people, what do you think of these two murder cases? Both murderers have admitted of their acts. One supposedly done in defence of his religious believes, the other supposedly done in self defence. One done to punish a perceived blasphemer, and the other done to punish alleged would be robbers. BBC has reported that recognising American Mr.Raymond Davis was also armed, the two would be armed-robbers flee on their motorbike. Mr. Davis chased the two and caught up with them at the next traffic light. He came out of his car and killed the two men at point blank. Not only that, his backup team ran over and killed an innocent pedestrian. The two cases appear to be vigilante cases; individuals taking law into their own hands. What do you think?Recommend

  • SA
    Feb 7, 2011 - 1:32PM

    @Jameel Ahmed: Agreed. Both of them deserve sentence as per law! Recommend

  • akif
    Feb 9, 2011 - 2:33AM

    This too much. We as Pakistani should make sure that law prevails.
    in true letter and spirit.and thsi CIA agent Davis should be dealt with total
    Justice.Recommend

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