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US diplomat involved in road accident in Pakistan returns home

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A senior US diplomat, who killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in a road accident here and triggered a controversy, has left the country after apprently assured that he would be tried under US laws.

The overnight development comes days after sent back an American plane, delaying the return of Defence attache to the US amidst the controversy over his immunity from prosecution, said today.

had killed a 22-year-old motorcyclist and injured another on April 7 in after jumping a red signal.

was let go by the police in line with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 which gives immunity from criminal prosecution. However, a first information report of the incident was registered.

The incident has increased political tension between the countries.

Relations between and Islamabad have been strained since US accused of "lies and deceit" and criticised Islamabad for providing safe havens to terror groups.

The government reportedly took the decision to allow Hall to leave the country after the assured that Hall will be tried under US laws, diplomatic sources were quoted as saying by Dawn

The left for last night on a special flight, the report said.

The also confirmed that the has left Pakistan, the report said.

Diplomatic sources further confirmed that Hall was a who held absolute immunity as per the Vienna Convention of 1972 and the privileges Pakistan extends to diplomats.

Geo TV reported that police had handed over all record related to Colonel Hall to US officials.

Relatives of the victims had asked the government to prosecute Colonel Hall for murder. The ruled on Friday that Hall's immunity was not absolute and ordered the government to add his name to the list that bars anyone from leaving Pakistan.

refused to withdraw the immunity of the diplomat but promised to hold him accountable under its domestic laws, Dawn quoted the sources as saying.

After the assurance, Hall was allowed to leave yesterday and apparently flew to initially on his way back to America, the sources said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 13:50 IST
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