Judicial remand of American arrested in Pak extended
Last Updated: Monday, March 07, 2011, 19:53
  
Peshawar: A Pakistani court on Monday extended till March 18 the judicial remand of a US national arrested on charges of not possessing valid travel documents.

Judge Qudratullah Marwat extended the judicial remand of Aaron Mark DeHaven, a suspected security contractor, after prosecutors informed the court that the American's records were not available.

DeHaven's bail application is pending in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Altaf-ur-Rehman, the American's lawyer Ali Reza said.

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 northwest Pakistan.

An earlier bail plea by DeHaven was rejected last week and the Additional Sessions Judge is due to give its ruling on an appeal.

DeHaven is the second American to be arrested in Pakistan in the recent past.

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.

PTI


First Published: Monday, March 07, 2011, 19:53


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