US Diplomat Involved In Fatal Road Accident Departs Pakistan

Pakistan has demanded that Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall’s diplomatic immunity be waived so that he can face a criminal trial over a fatal traffic accident but American officials have refused

An American diplomat, who was involved in a fatal auto crash in Pakistan, has left the country, Geo News quoted the United States Embassy, as saying.

Pakistani authorities made no comment about the sudden departure of the diplomat, who found himself at the centre of the latest diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

A U.S. Air Force C130 had landed at Pakistan's Nur Khan air base to bring Hall back to the United States following the crash, but was reportedly forced to leave without him. The diplomat has since left for Afghanistan on a special flight.

Col Hall had initially avoided arrest because of his diplomatic immunity, but a first information report (FIR) regarding the incident had been registered at the Kohsar Police Station.

The Pakistan government reportedly took the decision to allow Hall to leave the country after the USA government assured that Colonel Hall will be tried under United States laws, diplomatic sources were quoted as saying by Dawn News.

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The spokesman did not identify the USA diplomat and provided no further details.

Police have also handed over all records related to Colonel Hall to USA officials.

The diplomat, Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, a military attaché at the US Embassy in Islamabad, is accused of having run a red light and fatally hitting a 22-year-old man on April 7.

Washington refused to withdraw the immunity of the diplomat but promised to hold him accountable under its domestic laws, the sources said. A writ petition filed in the Islamabad High Court was dismissed on Monday.

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