Islamabad: In connection with release of Raymond Davis a U.S. diplomat detained in Lahore; the United States Embassy in Pakistan its press release wishes to provide the following facts about diplomatic immunity. The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) provides diplomatic immunity to all diplomats around the world.
Article 37 of the Vienna Convention specifically extends the same criminal immunity that diplomats have to members of the “technical and administrative staff” of an Embassy. The U.S. diplomat detained in Lahore is a member of the U.S. Embassy’s technical and administrative staff, and therefore entitled to full criminal immunity and cannot be lawfully arrested or detained in accordance with the convention.
It is being said by the Government of Pakistan and U.S. Embassy are having face off on Raymond Davis issue. Rana Sana Ullah has said that Raymond Davis is in police custody and under investigations. He added that on demand culprit can not be handed over. However U.S. Embassy has called for the immediate release of a U.S. diplomat saying he was unlawfully detained by authorities in Lahore. The diplomat, assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, has a U.S. diplomatic passport and Pakistani visa valid until June 2012.
For more information visit website of U.S. Embassy