US appoints legal counsel for Davis

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Islamabad, Feb 22 (ANI): US Embassy acting spokesperson to Pakistan, Courtney Beale, has said his country has appointed a legal counsel for Raymond Davis, but denied to disclose his name.

"We cannot disclose the names but yes we did work to find the right person," The Express Tribune quoted Beale, as saying.

The US has not been engaging a lawyer for Davis till date, saying that the court proceedings are not in line with international laws.

Beale also revealed that the US Ambassador Cameron Munter had discussed legal issues related to Davis' case with Pakistan's Law Minister Babar Awan, but denied to disclose further details of the meeting.

A media report had earlier claimed that Pakistani authorities were aware of Davis' connection with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Davis has confessed to shooting dead Mohammed Fahim and Faizan Haider in Lahore on January 25, allegedly in self-defence. A third Pakistani was struck and killed by another vehicle that was reportedly racing to Davis' aid.

While Pakistani authorities have charged Davis with murder, the Obama administration has been insisting that he is an "administrative and technical official" attached to its Lahore consulate and has diplomatic immunity. (ANI)

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