A Pakistani court yesterday sent another US citizen to jail, a day after he was detained in the northwestern city of Peshawar for overstaying his visa, a government lawyer said.
The arrest of the man identified as Aaron Mark DeHaven came as ties between the US and its nuclear-armed ally Pakistan are already strained over the -detention of a CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, charged with killing two Pakistanis in what he says was self-defense on Jan. 27.
The US says Davis has diplomatic immunity.
Police presented DeHaven in a local court yesterday and he was then remanded for 14 days, lawyer Javed Ali said.
“He told the court that he had come to Pakistan on a business visa which expired in October last year and that he has already applied for the extension,” Ali said.
“He said that his visa has not been renewed after which the court sent him to jail. He has been charged under a foreign act, that could result in his deportation,” he said.
A US embassy spokesperson said on Friday they had seen media reports about DeHaven’s arrest and were trying to arrange consular access through the Pakistan government.
The case of Davis, 36, arrested last month, has inflamed the already uneasy alliance between the US and Pakistan, who are struggling to maintain a united front in the face of Islamist militants waging a war in Afghanistan.
Davis, a former US special forces officer, has been charged with double-murder and faces possible execution. He shot dead two men in the eastern city of Lahore last month, though he claims to have acted in self-defense and the US says he has diplomatic immunity and should be repatriated.
A Pakistan court on Friday adjourned Davis’ trial until Thursday, dismissing US demands for his release.