Pakistani court blocks release of American suspect

February 1, 2011 07:36

LAHORE, Pakistan  — A Pakistani court ordered the government not to release an American official arrested in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis.

The Lahore High Court also told the government on Tuesday to place the American on the "exit control list" that would prevent him from leaving the country.

The US argued that the American, who aas not been named, has diplomatic immunity and was been detained illegally by Pakistan. The embassy said he acted in self-defense when he shot the two men in Lahore last Thursday because they were trying to rob him at gunpoint.

The chief justice of the Lahore High Court, Ijaz Chaudhry, demanded the federal government determine whether the American has diplomatic immunity within 15 days. He said he will review the decision.

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