US concerned about shooting accused Davis` safety

Last Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 13:14

Washington: Voicing concern over the safety
of its national Raymond Davis arrested in Lahore for double
murder, the US has asked Pakistan to take appropriate security
measures in the wake of multiple death threats received by
him.
"We are quite aware that he had received multiple death
threats. We are concerned about his security, as we would be
for any government official or prominent individual subject to
those death threats," State Department spokesman P J Crowley
said at his daily news conference here last evening.

"We encourage the Government of Pakistan to do everything
possible to provide for his security. But beyond that, we
won`t comment," he said, adding that the US continues to work
with Islamabad and hopes to resolve the issue as quickly as it
can.

37-year-old Davis, a suspected CIA contractor, is
currently lodged in Lahore`s Koth Lakhpat jail and undergoing
trial for killing two Pakistanis he claimed were trying to rob
him.
However, Pakistani police has rejected his claim that he
acted in self defence and charged him with murder.

Pakistan has rejected repeated US demands to free Davis
who, the authorities here claim, enjoys diplomatic immunity.
Islamabad has said the matter will be decided by the Pakistani
courts.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 13:14

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