LAHORE: A court has extended the detention of a U.S. Embassy employee for another eight days over the shooting deaths of two men. “We produced the American in the court of magistrate Zafar Iqbal, who extended his remand in police custody to another eight days,” public prosecutor Abdul Samad told AFP.
The U.S. Consulate employee, whom police identified as Raymond Davis, was arrested a week ago after shooting dead two motorcyclists, claiming that he acted in self-defence, fearing that they were about to rob him. A third Pakistani was crushed and killed by a vehicle from the U.S. consulate in Lahore that tried to rescue Raymond Davis. The American was arrested by police and a case of double murder was registered against him.
Samad said Raymond Davis would next be produced in court on February 11. “We have to conduct further investigations, which necessitates extension in the remand,” Samad said.
The Lahore High Court on Tuesday blocked any move to free the U.S. citizen pending further hearings, saying that it would be up to the court to determine whether he was entitled to diplomatic immunity in the case. The incident has become huge controversy in Pakistan, where anti-American feelings are high, fueled by the war in Afghanistan and U.S. missile attacks in the northwest.