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Accused American to be tried under Pakistani law: Rana

By Haris Afzal on Friday, January 28, 2011 with 0 comments

LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said US citizen Raymond Davis, allegedly involved in killing two people, will be tried under Pakistani law.

He said that the American seemed to have been on personal business at the time of the shooting.

"He said that he was returning from withdrawing cash from a bank and we are verifying this," Provincial Law Minister said.

"Every citizen has the right of self-defence but there are several requirements for the claim of self-defence. If those requirements have been met, he can use it in court,” Rana added.

Imran Haider, the elder brother of one of the motorcyclists, 22-year-old Faizan Haider, said his brother only carried a pistol for protection, following the death of a third brother last month, and insisted the gun was licensed.

He said his brother was travelling home with his friend from a court hearing when the incident took place.

"My brother was innocent, he was not a criminal. We need justice," said the 34-year-old, adding that his mother had been hospitalised with a pre-existing heart condition following her son's death.

Provincial Law Minister said the US consulate had agreed to release the second vehicle to police.

Category: Pakistan News

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