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Friday, March 16, 2012

Pakistan court acquitted US government worker of murder
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On March 16, 2011, a Pakistani court acquitted and released US consulate worker Raymond Davis, who was being held in connection with the shooting deaths of two men. Davis claimed that he shot the armed men when they tried to hijack his vehicle. The two allegedly robbed a Pakistani man at gunpoint, just minutes earlier to the shooting. Following Davis' arrest, Pakistan's Lahore High Court ordered Davis held despite US embassy claims that he acted in self-defense and enjoyed diplomatic immunity. The trial highlighted the tenuous diplomatic relationship between the US and Pakistan, which have included US air strikes that killed Pakistani soldiers and a US raid in May 2011 that located and killed Osama Bin Laden on Pakistani soil.

Pakistani coat of arms

Learn more about Pakistan from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on strained US-Pakistani relations from JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern in Forum.

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