'Killer' US diplomat Col Joseph flees home

Frederick Owens
May 15, 2018

The US Embassy in Islamabad also confirmed that the US diplomat has left Pakistan, the report said.

USA defence attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall, who was earlier barred from flying out on an American military aircraft by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), was reportedly allowed by the government to leave on Monday, DawnNewsTV reported quoting diplomatic sources.

Sources privy to development stated that police record had been provided to United States authorities to launch legal proceedings against him in America.

On April 7, the U.S. diplomat had hit a motorcyclist with his Land Cruiser SUV as he jumped the traffic signal at the intersection of Margalla Road and 7th Avenue in the federal capital. As a result, two riders of the motorcycle had suffered injuries, and one of them, 22-year-old Ateeq Baig, had later expired from the trauma.

Colonel hall left the country after the United States refused to withdraw his diplomatic immunity.

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Authorities did not arrest Col Hall because he had diplomatic immunity.

The incident also created a diplomatic row between Pakistan and USA as both nations placed retaliatory restrictions on diplomats.

Pakistani officials had been demanding that the United States waive Col Hall's diplomatic immunity, but USA officials refused. A writ petition filed in the Islamabad High Court was dismissed on Monday.

The two sides also imposed travel restrictions on each others' diplomats stationed in Washington and Islamabad earlier this week putting further strain on already frosty relations between the two sides.

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