LAHORE: Initial media reports surrounding the release of Raymond Davis suggest that the families of the victims killed in the Lahore shooting have left the country on a second plane. Their neighbours say they haven’t seen the families in two days and that their homes are empty and locked.
Sources say an aircraft carrying more than 10 people left Lahore airport and is headed to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. They also say the families have been given Green Cards and homes in New York state and Washington DC.
Raymond Davis case time line
- Three Pakistanis were killed brutally by US Consulate officials in Lahore on January 27.
- Police arrested US citizen Raymond Davis from the crime scene and a case was registered against him on January 28.
- A court handed him over to police on a six-day remand on January 29. The very next day, the United States demanded Pakistan release Davis and hand him over to Washington.
- On January 30, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned her Pakistani counterpart and demanded the release of Davis.
- On the 1st of February, the Lahore High Court issued orders to put Davis’ name on the Exit Control List. Davis was handed over to the FIA for investigation on February 4.
- On February 6, the widow of Faheem, one of the victims, committed suicide.
- On February 7, the Lahore police presented a challan against Davis.
- US Senator John Kerry arrived in Pakistan on February 15 and the Federal government told him that the court would decide whether Davis enjoyed diplomatic immunity or not.
- On February 17, the Lahore high court gave the government three weeks to present its version on Davis’ immunity issue.
- The court during the same hearing granted a 14-day remand of Davis in another case for posessing illegal weapon.
- On February 22, US officials confirmed that Raymond Davis worked for the CIA.
- On the 3rd of March, the court rejected the immunity petition of the accused and decided to carry on with the case.
- On March 8, the court handed Davis copies of the challan against him which he refused to accept.
- On the 14th of March, the foreign ministry replied to the Lahore High Court confirming that Davis had a diplomatic passport but did not state clearly if he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.
- The court ruled that Davis’ immunity issue will be settled in the trial court.