Is US?national likely to be released soon?

WASHINGTON (Agencies) Raymond Davis, the double-murder accused in Pakistani custody, may be released soon, a report quoted unnamed officials as saying in what can be seen as an attempt to pave the way for his release. Fox TV, which is known for toeing the US establishments line, claimed that two Pakistani officials in the United States had told the Associated Press, an American news agency, that they expected Davis to be free in days, once the court had gone through the documents submitted by US officials to prove his diplomatic status. The Pakistan government, however, has said the court would decide the case of Davis. It has also avoided giving definitive statements on whether Davis qualifies for diplomatic immunity the matter being sub judice. But the two Pakistani officials, who purportedly spoke to the news agency, said that their government had to let the case proceed until the US produced the necessary documents on Davis status. Davis was arrested soon after the January 27 shootings, and made a brief appearance in court on Thursday, while his next appearance is set for February 11. Besides the two men who were shot dead, a bystander was killed when an American consulate car rushing to the scene struck him.

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