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Pakistan Court Declines Ruling on CIA Case

VOA News March 14, 2011

A Pakistani court has declined to rule on whether a U.S. man held on murder charges has diplomatic immunity.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ejaz Chaudhry said Monday that the trial court, due to re-convene Wednesday, would decide on whether CIA contractor Raymond Davis is immune from prosecution.

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

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.

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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