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Pakistan should honor Davis diplomatic immunity: US

world Updated: Mar 04, 2011 08:48 IST

US has asked Pakistan to honour the diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis, arrested on charges of killing two persons in Lahore, and release him under the Vienna Convention.

"We are concerned that the proceedings are ongoing," State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters after a Lahore court rejected Davis' claim for diplomatic immunity and said it would go with his trial.

"We can’t really comment on the litigation itself. We continue to stress to the Pakistani Government and to the Pakistani courts that he has full immunity from criminal prosecution," he said.

The court indicated in the absence of a certification by the Government of Pakistan that Davis had diplomatic immunity, it would presume he did not have any such immunity.

"So that’s not a definitive judgment. There is actually, later this month, a higher court hearing on the question of diplomatic immunity," he said.

Crowley insisted that the US in January 2010 had informed the Government of Pakistan of the arrival of Davis in the country, his assignment to the administrative and technical staff of the US Embassy.

"And that was notification that he, in fact, has diplomatic immunity," he said. Pakistan, however, denies to accept that.