High Court fails to rule on CIA case

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The Independent Online

Judges have declined to rule on whether a CIA contractor on trial for killing two Pakistanis has diplomatic immunity, as the US insists, saying the court hearing the case should decide.

Washington had hoped the Lahore High Court would pave the way for the release of Raymond Davis, whose detention has exposed the fragile ties between Pakistan and the United States.

He was arrested in January, after shooting two Pakistani men he claims tried to rob him. The 36-year-old from Virginia is on trial for the killings but has yet to be formally charged.