U.S. diplomat Davis faces forgery charge

Feb. 8, 2011 at 2:39 PM

LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. diplomat Raymond Davis, involved in a fatal shooting, is suspected of forgery for using a false name to get a visa to Pakistan, a Lahore court said.

Davis, an employee at the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, is being held in the Jan. 27 killing of two Pakistanis. Davis has said the shootings were in self-defense as the Pakistanis had threatened to rob him.

The U.S. government wants Davis released on grounds of diplomatic immunity but Pakistanis say the issue in now in the courts where Davis could face murder charges.

A Lahore court said it was seeking additional charges of forgery, accusing Davis of using a false name to apply for a visa, the Associated Press of Pakistan reports.

The newspaper report added that Pakistani Interior Ministry Rehman Malik said he had the complete record of Davis in his possession. The Lahore court asked for a provincial and federal response by Feb. 17.

Washington wants Pakistan to accept Davis's immunity as the U.S. State Department says he holds a diplomatic passport.

Reports circulated Monday that the two Pakistani men killed in the incident had connections to Pakistani intelligence agencies.

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