Policemen escort an armoured vehicle transporting Raymond Davis on his way for a hearing at the court in Lahore.—AFP

ISLAMABAD: The US embassy on Thursday expressed displeasure at the remand extension of Raymond Davis by a Lahore magistrate for another eight days.

“This morning, the American diplomat was remanded in court without notice to the US government, without his lawyer present, and without translation assistance.  He was denied due process and a fair hearing,” a statement by the US embassy said.

“The Government of Pakistan must comply with its obligations under international and Pakistani law and ensure that he has immunity from criminal jurisdiction,” it added.

“We look forward to working with the Government of Pakistan toward the expeditious resolution of this incident.  Responsibility for the safety and well-being of the illegally detained diplomat rests with the Government of Pakistan and Punjab provincial authorities.”

The statement said Davis’ continued detention was a gross violation of international law.



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