Skip to comments.US official kills two Pakistanis in Lahore (a case of self-defense, detained for weapon poss.)
Posted on 01/27/2011 5:36:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge
An American official in the Pakistani city of Lahore has shot and killed a Pakistani motorcycle rider and his pillion passenger, police say.
They say that the consular employee fired his pistol in self-defence. US embassy officials confirmed that an American was involved.
The men were pursuing the American in his car when the incident happened.
A pedestrian was also killed by a speeding car from the US consulate which came to help, police say. Bullet holes
They are investigating whether the two men on the motorcycle were robbers. Onlookers surrounding the motor bike of a commuter who was killed Onlookers surrounded the motor bike of the commuter who was killed
Weapons were recovered from the bodies of the dead men.
Lahore police chief Aslam Tareen told the AP news agency that the American was being questioned by the police and might be charged with both murder and illegally carrying a weapon: a Beretta pistol.
"Diplomatic staff usually enjoy a certain type of immunity, but I am not sure about murder," he said. "We will consult the Foreign Office and legal advisers in this regard."
Local TV showed footage of what it said was the American official's car. It had several bullet holes in the windscreen.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
Most of the windows of the official's car were broken
Yes but that’s not the way it’s seen if your an American they may be charging him with murder.
Lahore police chief Aslam Tareen said the American was being questioned by the police and may be charged with both murder and illegally carrying a weapon: a Beretta pistol. The American shot both men after they pointed guns at him at an intersection, Tareen said.
Diplomatic staff usually enjoy a certain type of immunity, but I am not sure about murder, he said. We will consult the Foreign Office and legal advisers in this regard.
Police officer Atif Meraj later said that a murder case was officially registered against the American, and another case was registered against two other Americans for killing the pedestrian.
Possibly, but the dead pedestrian is a horse of a different color. The guys that ran him down are going to do some serious time IMHO.
I’m sure Hillary will throw her weight around and get him out of there.
Diplomatic immunity is absolute. It doesn’t matter what he is accused of, as long as the U.S. stands behind him.
I think that even Obama will find that he has little choice but to do so.
So this official kills two armed robbers attempting to murder and rob him and yet he might be charged with murder? Scratch Pakistan off the itinerary.
I suspect that he was CIA. Registration of handguns does not apply if you have diplomatic immunity.
Broken, as opposed to being shot out?
“FSS or FSR...?” You’re dating yourself, robo. ;)
My guess is that all the American’s involved were security personnel. Diplomats don’t carry guns and anyone who killed two attackers while under fire was probably a trained shooter.
The State Dept is pulling a Blackwater on them..trying to distance themselves from an Embassy controlled security detail.
It was my experience that under certain circumstances, Diplomatic Security Officers were armed. I know for a fact that some embassy staff in dangerous places did carry. I never did, and was pretty nervous walking or jogging by myself in Teheran or Baghdad.
The Quiet American.