American national granted bail by a Pak court
Peshawar: A Pakistani court on Monday granted
bail to suspected US security contractor Aaron Mark DeHaven,
arrested for not possessing valid travel documents, hours
after another court extended his judicial remand till March
Additional Sessions Judge Altaf-ur-Rehman accepted
DeHaven`s bail application and issued his release order.
The judge ordered DeHaven to provide two personal surety
bonds of Rs 20 lakh each.
Earlier in the day, Judicial Magistrate Qudratullah
Marwat extended the judicial remand of American till March 18
after prosecutors informed the court that DeHaven`s records
were tied up in the sessions court in connection with his bail
Legal experts said they believed DeHaven would be
formally released from prison in a day or two following the
completion of certain formalities.
Police arrested DeHaven last month from a residential
area in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province,
on charges that he had outstayed his Pakistani visa, which
expired in October last year.
Reports said he was running Catalyst Services, a firm
providing security and accommodation to foreigners in
An earlier bail plea by DeHaven, who is the second
American to be arrested in recent past, was rejected last week
and he had filed an appeal.
Relations between Pakistan and the US were strained in
January following the arrest of suspected CIA contractor
Raymond Davis, who was charged with murder for shooting and
killing two armed men in Lahore.
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