Jan 31, 2011 11:20 PM by Bea Karnes

Pakistani court blocks release of American suspect

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

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

The U.S. has argued that the American, who has not been named, has diplomatic immunity and has been detained illegally by Pakistan. The embassy has 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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