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Pakistan to Proceed With Murder Trial of CIA Contractor

March 3, 2011

Voice of America, 3 March 2011: A Pakistani court has ruled that the trial of a CIA contractor accused of double murder can proceed, despite the U.S. government’s insistence that he has diplomatic immunity.

The court on Thursday adjourned the case of Raymond Davis until March 8.

The United States says Davis acted in self-defense when he shot and killed two men in January during an alleged attempted robbery in Lahore.  

U.S. officials insist Davis has diplomatic immunity and should be released immediately.  The Lahore High Court is due to rule on that issue later this month.

Pakistani police have rejected Davis’ version of events and say their investigation found it to be a case of murder.

The incident, complicated by the death of a third Pakistani struck by a U.S. diplomatic vehicle rushing to Davis’ aid, has inflamed anti-American sentiment across Pakistan.

The case also has inflamed tensions between the CIA and Pakistan’s military spy service, the ISI.

Pakistani officials have demanded that the CIA release the names of all of its agents operating in Pakistan after alleging Davis was working there without Pakistan’s knowledge.

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