Davis case: Charge-sheet submitted in court

Published: February 16, 2011
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A video grab from Express News’ exclusive footage shows Raymond Davis refusing to answer queries and attempting to walk out during questioning by police. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A video grab from Express News’ exclusive footage shows Raymond Davis refusing to answer queries and attempting to walk out during questioning by police. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Police have submitted a charge-sheet against Lahore double murder accused Raymond Davis as the US government announced that it will prove before a local court that Davis has diplomatic immunity.

Lytton Road police presented the 25-page charge-sheet in a district and sessions court on Tuesday, declaring that Davis had murdered two people near one of Lahore’s busiest areas Mozang and was not acting in self-defence. Investigation Officer of the case Inspector  Munir Ahmed submitted the charge-sheet in the court of Judge Abdul Waheed Khan who will mark the case for trial. According to sources, the case is likely to be referred to Additional District and Sessions Judge Yousif Aujla.

Sources said that charge-sheet states that Davis’ self-defence plea was false as it was intentional murder. It reads that the guns recovered from the possession of the deceased were not loaded and they had also not pointed a gun at Davis. Fingerprints were found on the pistols’ triggers and on bodies of the deceased and tests show that the bullets remained in the magazines of their guns, not the chambers.

The charge-sheet also states that police had recovered a GPS tracker, mobile phones, wireless sets, a survival kit and photographs from Davis’ car. The accused, it says, is uncooperative with the police during investigation.

The charge-sheet also contains the statements of 47 witnesses, who have said that Davis did not shoot the men in self-defence. They also said that Davis had shot directly at the two boys and kept shooting even when one of them tried to flee. Police have requested the court to act against Davis under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Davis is due to appear in court on February 25.

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that US State Department Spokesperson PJ Crowley told reporters on Monday: “On Thursday, we will present a petition to the court to certify that he [Davis] has diplomatic immunity and that he should be released.”

He said Pakistan had an “international obligation” to release Davis because he “has diplomatic immunity”. “We respect our international obligations, and we expect other countries, including Pakistan, to do the same,” he added.

Taliban warn against releasing Davis

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakis­tan (TTP) has warned the government that it would punish any move to release Davis.

“If (Pakistani) rulers hand him over to America then we will target these rulers. If Pakistani courts cannot punish Davis then they should hand him over to us,” said TTP Spokesperson Azam Tariq.

Davis release being negotiated?

There were plenty of rumours doing the rounds on television channels regarding important developments in the Raymond Davis case – including that he had been released.

Some channels said that the foreign ministry had sent a letter to the law ministry confirming the diplomatic status of Davis. However, the law ministry said that it had not received any such letter.

There were also reports about a high-level meeting being held late in the night on the issue.

However, none of these reports could be corroborated or confirmed by The Express Tribune at the time of going into print.

With additional input from AFP

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (42)

  • Ali Haider
    Feb 16, 2011 - 7:59AM

    Moderator:

    Para 2: fingerprints were found on the pistols?Recommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Feb 16, 2011 - 7:59AM

    Look at US duplicity.

    Some years back when an estranged women walked out out Ambassador Munir Akram’s apartment in New York in the middle of the night and lodged a minor complaint to the police the US government refused to recognize his diplomatic immunity.

    Now, their citizen kills two Pakistanis in cold blood, they claim on diplomatic immunity.

    Duplicity, Ramboism, Gangsterism at it stark demonstration.

    Stand up. Nations and people are respected for principles not for selling cheap.

    I leave it to the readers and policy makers to judge?Recommend

  • S. Asghar
    Feb 16, 2011 - 8:25AM

    Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan came down to help
    US case. It is just like watching (the always there) OBL video before Bush electionRecommend

  • Asif
    Feb 16, 2011 - 8:46AM

    Among weapons and other things there was also something else police found (in Davis’s rented Honda Civic when they arrested him) that is profoundly puzzling and disturbing: a camera loaded with pictures of dozens of madrassas (religious schools) and other buildings around Lahore.

    The Vienna Convention that the US government is relying on to demand his release states very clearly that any immunity for diplomats or consular staff does not apply to “serious crimes,” and it would be hard to imagine a more serious crime than a double murder, which is what Davis is currently being charged with.

    What seems clear at this point is that Davis, 36, is not what the US government is now claiming he is: a “technical advisor” to the consulate.
    His record –10 years in US Special Forces, supposedly ending in 2003–and his shell “security” company in the US, with its faked addresses, suggest strongly that he is working for the US, either in some intelligence branch, or more likely as an employee of some mercenary-for-hire company like Xe (Blackwater).Recommend

  • Tim Davidson
    Feb 16, 2011 - 9:54AM

    Let us not forget that Davis likely killed in self defense, and not in cold blood as he was chased by armed robbers. When thousands of killers roam free in Pakistan, some are even worshipped, why this double standard? Imagine the plight of the poor American tax payers whose hard-earned money in the billions literally feed and clothe millions of pakistanis. That too at a time when the American tax payer suffers the worst economic conditions since the great depression. Not fair, is it? Seems like the bought goods are kind of faulty!Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:37AM

    I hope the “Charge Sheet” is very carefully and minutely prepared and also checked by JI, Imran Khan, Hameed Gul, Saeed sahib and all anchors and like minded journalists before submitting it in LHC. It is in the interest of the whole world to take tuition from above mentioned parties and individuals what is good and what is bad to “RUIN” the system of governance and foreign relationships.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:37AM

    We are between proverbial rock and a hard place.Recommend

  • Sheikh Asfand Nisar
    Feb 16, 2011 - 11:25AM

    i dun know why the police didnt slap him for his arrogancy …even the common man knew as the incident happend that american hireachry will be involved straight away and would be hard to intarogate him so they should have gone the typical pakistani route immediately …taking the stuff out of this arrogant american at least we would ve known that he was treated well …alas pakistani police missed the chance …Recommend

  • bunny
    Feb 16, 2011 - 11:30AM

    shame on us….that we helped them to forge the record and let the spy flee…Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 11:44AM

    Nothing is going to happen to Raymond Davis because Kerry Logger is here in Pakistan, trying to convince the “representatives of the people” to create diplomatic immunity for the “VIP” shooter at any cost so that Kerry could fly him away to America along. This mission is definitely to be accomplished by him because he is “respected” in Pakistan for his moving Assistance Bill for Pakistan in American Congress. All the legal proceedings by Punjab police and Lahore High Court, being redundant and against the International law, are going to be ruled out by this immunity grant and the “VIP” is going to fly over the heads of 180 million Pakistanis within a couple of days, hopefully. If you can expect and argue the other way round, tell and convince me. Recommend

  • Shalom
    Feb 16, 2011 - 11:48AM

    A simple point to kerry is that it is IMPOSSIBLE abinitio for him to be tried fairly in any US court. Kerry should have been reminded the rulings from Talmud and Torah when he talked about Islam.

    Once he is freed, their attitudes would harden. The khazars are flattering when weak. It is their historical pattern of behaviour.

    In a US court, the pakistani witnesses would have untold humiliation and misery. Everyone knows about the airlines. Everyone knows about the cognitive dissonance and cultural shock for untravelled people. It can invert the mind by cultural shock.

    It is for this reason that laws have been written from wisdom of thousands of years. Any deviation in them never produces anything good.

    This criminal should be tried and punished in pakistan. He is valuable trove of US intentions in the region as 911 has been a mysterious inside job using nanothermite.Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Davis is in prison but his attitude is never coming down. Shame on us being pakistani that one foreign guy can kill as many pakistanis he wants.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Feb 16, 2011 - 12:09PM

    @Khurram,

    So true man. Was going to comment the same.

    If they dont put him in jail, Pakistanis, who are radicalized and are in large numbers, will go up in revolt and violence all over.

    If they do, then US will accuse Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention, which could result in Pakistan’s isolation and closing up of Pakistani embassy operations in US or atleast some sort of economic sanctions for now. The real action will be undertaken after US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.

    Very entertaining.Recommend

  • KHALID
    Feb 16, 2011 - 12:11PM

    I think this time PAkistan should not bow to US pressure as Mr. Davis ( American killer) is refused to be a diplomat by former foreign minister of pakistan. PAkistan should make this case an example for the futureand for the whole world. There are reports that Americans smuggled drugs to Argentina in US Air Force C-17 Globe Master. The world should wake up now and understand how criminal minded these americans are
    9Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 12:14PM

    Justice must be done. Or it will now radicalize Punjab and our Urban cities.Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 12:30PM

    Dear Mr Aftab

    May I take the liberty of reminding you that the same PJ Crowley accepted in his first briefing on the issue that Raymond Davis was not the accused party’s real name? Is that, then, not a simple case of forgery? It is pertinent for me to mention that the accused party, during investigation, used the ‘fake’ name, as made evident by the video clip released on TV.

    Also, the ex-foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, has gone on record stating that Davis is not a diplomat. He was the relevant authority, in charge of the Foreign Ministry and I feel we should trust his word. Isn’t it ironic that he is not a part of the cabinet anymore?

    Likewise, if 47 eye witnesses say something, I think you should go with what they say.

    The most likely bargain, that will go a long way in pacifying the masses, will be a trade-off. Negotiate Aafia’s release and allow for a criminal investigation against Davis in his own country.

    But a blatant rejection of facts is not on Sir. Using this opportunity to needlessly bash Imran Khan and to make a sweeping statement against media anchors just goes to reflect how biased you are.Recommend

  • nadir rehman
    Feb 16, 2011 - 12:33PM

    “If (Pakistani) rulers hand him over to America then we will target these rulers. If Pakistani courts cannot punish Davis then they should hand him over to us,” said TTP Spokesperson Azam Tariq.

    What a great idea sir g.Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 16, 2011 - 12:48PM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson

    You present absolutely no insight and thinking with your commentRecommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 1:03PM

    The question is why we are focusing on one case, what about the millions other of our own. Every case should be given equal importance. This is for me a bad policy and that is why most of the people feel that this is a political issue created by goverment in order to take the attention away from real issues. If this person was such an evil person why didnt the people killed them on site like done in Gujrat under police supervision.

    People of Pakistan have to wake up else now world cup of cricket is coming and everyone will be focused on that.

    We are a sleeping nation that needs a huge KICK, although we are played with by every politicianRecommend

  • Alert
    Feb 16, 2011 - 1:10PM

    The irony is that no matter the outcome, Pakistan will pay a price.
    If Davis is convicted and sentenced, US will withdraw support for Pakistan, leaving an open field for Al-Qaeda and Taliban,
    If Davis is released, in Taliban’s own words, “If (Pakist­ani) rulers hand him over to Americ­a then we will target these rulers”.

    But you see, Pakistani rulers have it covered. They will grant Davis immunity, and then take off to UK or USA, where they have their wealth and property.
    So, mid-term elections, leading to victory of Tehrik-e-Insaf and Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:09PM

    look at the video posted by ET.. look at his guts.. if some pakistani was to do that in US the interrogator would pin him down.Recommend

  • saddy
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:37PM

    As always happens he will be resqued by the grace of america and by the idotic acts of our rulers moreover talibaan are right at there own places ..
    the boys shoy by reymond davis there mom says if america releases ‘ Aafia Sidiqui ‘ so she is going to forgive reymond devis ..Recommend

  • saddy
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:39PM

    @Syma Khan – Relationship:
    our paki guys lifes are not too cheap that it may purchased by every americans reymond devis have to pay for that ..Recommend

  • asif
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:23PM

    david should punishedRecommend

  • ba ha
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:44PM

    The immigration status of every person who enters Pakistan is on the Passport. It cannot be changed unless u leave Pakistan legally and return. Foreign office cannot give an opinion on a visa after it has been issued. Besides J. Kerry is the one who broke the BCCI of Agha H. Abdi, a hero of Pakistan. He should not be trusted.

    Recommend

  • hopeless
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:51PM

    nice video, will we ever see a video wher Gen Mushraff can be heard asking CJ to resign or Gen Kayani neotiating NRO Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:51PM

    Hang him!Recommend

  • SA
    Feb 16, 2011 - 6:18PM

    Look at the arrogance reflected in his attitude.. as if a celebrity is refusing to answer journalists :>…Recommend

  • AHMED
    Feb 16, 2011 - 8:53PM

    Do Pakistanies have power to keep Davis and to insist trial in Pakistan. Pakistan depends on Americans. How a dependent person can have his own will? Justice will not be done.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Feb 16, 2011 - 8:57PM

    @Imran Ahmad Khan: I heard the press conference of Mr. Quraishi and also saw those eye witnesses claiming that those gunned down were pointing their guns at Raymond Davis and were trying to stop his vehicle by force. This might be a case of some misunderstanding but my heart goes for that person who was crushed under the vehicle. Now conflicting reports are appearing that the persons killed belonged to some government agency and some also claim that they were in fact thieves so let us wait and see what the court says on this whole episode. I think that this issue must not go into the hands of non-state actors which seems to be the case in point. As far as some in media and anchor persons are concerned they are the one who jumped in with their own conclusions as usual which has only created confusion and paved way for those elements who do not represent the country at any level. Let me mention here that I am a person with balanced approach without any “Bias” as claimed by you. Only people at the helm of the affairs in Punjab are responsible for not taking the FO into confidence before fishing Raymond Davis. Believe me that ugly politics is being played on this issue only for point scoring and cheap popularity. This person has immunity or not let the courts now decide. I hope you must have seen that video which was aired by different channels in which our investigators were some times calling him Diamond, David and some even said Rehman Davis. When he asked for water he was told “No money no water” and later provided him a bottle saying “this is Nestle di botal”. Do you think that they are capable to investigate high level cases with these personnel in their forces??????Recommend

  • tamoor
    Feb 16, 2011 - 9:34PM

    it should be punished ( i gave a salute to shah mehmood qureshi) Recommend

  • Aamir+Ali
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:27PM

    No motive, no evidence, no prior contact between Davis and the two robbers, but somehow he is guilty of “murder” ?Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 11:00PM

    hats off to mr shah mehmoodRecommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Feb 17, 2011 - 5:03AM

    45 eye witnessess? How many witnessess came forward when Sri Lankan team was attacked and how many people followed terrorists when they fled? Who will beleive them, when intially these witnessess were calling it self defence. I am sorry to say that this case is motivated by hate, revenge, greed and fear. Therefore no one in our society is qualified and worthy enough to provide justice to Davis and victims.Recommend

  • Akmal Shahzad
    Feb 17, 2011 - 8:45AM

    Why Ammerican does not obey the International Law. They attack on Iraq and Afghanistan on fake reports. Why not International Law implement there.Recommend

  • Joe Caan
    Feb 17, 2011 - 8:53PM

    Money talks in Pakistan. That is what we need to give the Pakistani Judge .Plain and simple.Recommend

  • Joe Caan
    Feb 17, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Maybe the Judge needs to be talked to in terms of the USD $..Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2011 - 9:44PM

    @Joe Caan:
    Yes, You could say this until the restoration of the present judiciary. Don’t you know that some drastic change has occurred in the make of Pakistani Judiciary since last 2 years. Don’t be so complacent deary on the working of the present day judiciary. Did not you hear the remarks of the Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mr Justice Ajaz Choudry that whosoever Raymond Davis might be he can’t leave Pakistan without permission of the court. Do you expect he is saying this for your dollars? I don’t expect you be so unaware of the changes in the ground realities in Pakistan. I bet on the Pakistani courts at least that you will be disappointed. Yes I can’t say anything about my political leadership. You can bet on them Recommend

  • Alert
    Feb 17, 2011 - 11:11PM

    Amjad Ali,

    Sorry to say but records show that Pakistani courts have yet to convict a single terrorist, just as TeT, LeT, who have shaughtered fellow muslims in the name of the very ‘religion-of-peace’ (a paradox, if there was any), which dictates ‘khoon-ka-badla-khoon’ (another barbaric practice), threten to blow the glimpse of civilization out of Pakistan.

    Be-inteha irony that ‘khoon-ka-badla-khoon’ applies to the kafir from whom, billions have flown in khairat, but ‘rehm’ for the murderous and barbaric Taliban.Recommend

  • Humza
    Feb 18, 2011 - 7:18PM

    He said Pakistan had an “international obligation” to release Davis because he “has diplomatic immunity”.

    What on earth does this mean anyway? This person is a MURDERER why is there even a question for releasing him?Recommend

  • Balwinder Sandhu
    Feb 19, 2011 - 5:12PM

    My dear Pak friends
    If this case had happened in India, Davis would have been convicted.Period.

    That should tell you a lot about us. And about yourselves. These comments have been written in anguish for my former cousins, and not in anger or arrogance.

    Aftab Kennedy, in reply to your other blog, nice to know some of us Indians were missed.
    Regards Balwinder Sandhu, India and PakistanRecommend

  • Runaas
    Feb 22, 2011 - 8:12PM

    @Tim Davidson:
    what’s there to forget. its proven that he did NOT kill in self defense. get the facts right. justice – regardless of race!Recommend

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