A Pakistani criminal court delayed Raymond Davis’ trial again today after agreeing to give the CIA contractor’s Pakistani lawyer more time to prepare.The U.S. has retained a retired Pakistani judge and former government prosecutor to help with the Davis case, Reuters reports. Mr. Davis, a former U.S. Special Forces operative, faces murder charges after he shot dead two armed men who approached his car in Lahore. The trial has been postponed until March 8. Mr. Davis has said repeatedly he acted in self-defence.
The judge denied Davis’ petition for immunity Thursday. A separate court in Lahore is considering whether Davis – who has a diplomatic passport – has diplomatic immunity.
Relations between the U.S. and Pakistan have deteriorated over the Davis case, which also threatens to destabilize the already tenuous partnership between the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI.
High-ranking officials on both sides are trying to come up with a deal, but widespread anti-American fervor in Pakistan makes Davis’ release politically untenable for the country’s weak civilian leadership.
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