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Pakistan Court Declines Ruling on CIA Case


Mohammed Wasim, center, whose brother Mohammed Fahim was shot and killed by Raymond Davis, arrives at a central jail for Davis' hearing in Lahore, Pakistan, March 14, 2011

Mohammed Wasim, center, whose brother Mohammed Fahim was shot and killed by Raymond Davis, arrives at a central jail for Davis' hearing in Lahore, Pakistan, March 14, 2011


A Pakistani court has declined to rule on whether a U.S. man held for killing two men has diplomatic immunity.

The High Court ruled Monday that the immunity issue would be decided by the lower court that is set to try CIA contractor Raymond Davis for murder. That court is scheduled to reconvene on Wednesday.

The U.S. says Davis acted in self-defense when he shot and killed two men in January during an alleged attempted robbery in Lahore.

Pakistani police have rejected Davis' version of events and say their investigation found it to be a case of murder.

U.S. officials insist Davis has diplomatic immunity and should be released immediately.

The incident, complicated by the death of a third Pakistani struck by a U.S. diplomatic vehicle rushing to Davis' aid, has inflamed anti-American sentiment across Pakistan.

The case also has increased tensions between the CIA and Pakistan's military spy service, the ISI.

Pakistani officials have demanded that the CIA release the names of all of its agents operating in Pakistan after alleging Davis was working there without Pakistan's knowledge.


Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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