Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Lahore Supremacy

I'm not even going to pretend like there's a good way to introduce this story:

On Jan. 27, an American named Raymond Davis allgedly shot and killed two men who were following him on motorcycles in a lower middle class part of Lahore. That's pretty much where agreement ends.

Shortly after the incident Davis was arrested by Pakistani police. He remains in Pakistani custody, with Pakistani officials insisting that he should be tried in the country. The U.S. counters that Davis, as a diplomat, is immune from prosecution, and is thus being "unlawfully detained" by Pakistani authorities. U.S. officials haven't said much about Davis - only that he is a "member of the technical and administrative staff" of the embassy in Islamabad, but ABC News reports that he has a background with U.S. Special Forces and runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, "a company that provides 'loss and risk management professionals.'" Two days after the incident, the embassy in Lahore released a statement calling the shooting self defense, accusing Pakistani authorities of violating the Vienna Convention, which governs the countries' diplomatic relations.

That's a plot straight out of a Bourne movie/novel.

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