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Mar032011

Pakistani Judge Rules Raymond Davis Doesn't Have Diplomatic Immunity

Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- A legal bombshell in Pakistan, as a judge decided Thursday that American CIA contractor Raymond Davis does not have diplomatic immunity. The judge held off, for now, on charging him for shooting and killing two Pakistani men. Davis claims the gun-toting men were attempting to rob him after he took out money from an ATM.

The Pakistani judge handed down the decision inside the high security prison in Lahore where Davis is being held.  The judge said Davis has failed to prove he has diplomatic immunity and so could be charged with murder as soon as next week.

President Obama has stated Davis does in fact have the immunity afforded to foriegn diplomats and other employees working in embassies and in other capacities in nearly every country in the world, and as such must be freed.

The U.S. can appeal the ruling, but Thursday's decision will continue to inflame the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, which has dropped to the lowest level since 9/11 because of Davis' continued incarceration.

The next court hearing is set for March 8.

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