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US envoy might be released: officials

AP, WASHINGTON

Pakistani officials indicated on Friday that a US diplomat charged with murder in Pakistan might soon be released.

Two Pakistani officials in the US saidhey expected Davis to be free in days, once a Pakistani court goes over documents US officials have submitted to prove his diplomatic status. The Pakistani officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter.

US officials say Raymond Davis, who works at the consulate in Lahore, acted in self-defense in shooting and killing two armed men who approached him on the street after robbing someone else.

Publicly, Pakistani officials have avoided definitive statements on whether Davis qualifies for diplomatic immunity, saying his fate is up to the court. However, the officials said their government had to let the case proceed until the US produced the necessary documents on Davis’ status.

They said Pakistani police believed the evidence supported Davis’ story.

Davis was arrested soon after the Jan. 27 shootings. He made a brief appearance in court on Thursday, and his next appearance is set for Friday.

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