Pak court adjourns Davis case till March 16

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 21:45

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Tuesday adjourned
till March 16 a case against suspected CIA contractor Raymond
Davis, arrested for gunning down two men here in January,
after defence lawyers sought more time to study documents
filed by the prosecution.

During proceedings conducted at the Kot Lakhpat Jail for
security reasons, lawyers defending Davis told Additional
District and Sessions Judge Yousuf Aujla that they needed more
time to study documents and matters related to the case.

The judge then adjourned the matter till March 16.
Davis again reportedly refused to accept the challan or
charge-sheet filed by police against him.

At the last hearing on March 3, the judge had rejected
Davis` claim of diplomatic immunity and said it would go ahead
with his murder trial for killing two men in Lahore on January
27.

Davis had told the judge that he has immunity and cannot
be tried by Pakistani courts.

But Judge Aujla said no legitimate document had been
presented by Davis or the Pakistan government to show that the
American had diplomatic immunity.
The former Special Forces soldier was arrested after he
shot and killed two armed men he claimed were trying to rob
him. Police rejected Davis` claim that he acted in self
defence and booked him for murder.

Pakistani leaders, including Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani, have said the matter should be settled by the courts.

The case has been complicated by reports in western media
that Davis was working as a security contractor for the CIA.

The Pakistan government has rejected repeated US demands
for Davis to be freed on the grounds of diplomatic immunity
and relations between the two countries have plunged to a new
low.

On March 14, the Lahore High Court will hear a separate
case to decide Davis` diplomatic status.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 21:45

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