Pakistan: U.S. Contractor a Murderer

The U.S. and Pakistan continue to face off over the fate of a U.S. contactor being held in Lahore on charges of murder. The Lahore police chief said Raymond Davis didn’t act in self-defense and would be charged with murder, while the U.S. government maintains he has diplomatic immunity—though they have so far refused to say exactly what Davis did at the Lahore consulate. According to the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Davis had withdrawn money from an ATM and was driving his Honda Civic when two men on a motorcycle tried to rob him. He shot and killed them both, while a second car driving from the embassy to help Davis struck and killed a bystander. According to a senior Pakistani official, however, Davis was a spy, carrying maps of high-security installations, and knew both the men he shot.