US Diplomat Guilty of Murder: Pakistan Police Report

Tension continues to escalate in Raymond Davis case
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2011 7:44 AM CST
A Pakistani demonstrator shouts slogans while others hold banners during a demonstration against Raymond Allen Davis in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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(Newser) – The US Embassy official accused of killing two Pakistani men who allegedly tried to rob him is guilty of murder, according to a Pakistani police report. The report, obtained by the Washington Post, says that investigators found Raymond Davis shot each victim five times, including in their backs. But the report contradicts itself, at one point claiming each man was shot in the back twice, at another point claiming three times.

Davis claims he was defending himself, but the report also alleges that he lied to police about how he got to the scene (it says he told police he was coming from the consulate, but that his car's GPS system shows he was coming from his home), and cites witnesses who say they never saw the two men point weapons at Davis. But the top US official in Lahore says police are not considering other witness accounts that aired on Pakistani television, and US officials in Pakistan say cash and a cell phone the men had stolen earlier that day were found on them, giving credence to Davis's robbery claims. The police report also claims that when the consular vehicle that arrived on the scene to help Davis sped away, 100 bullets, gloves, a black face mask, and “a piece of fabric with an American flag drawn on it” fell from the car.

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