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Col Hall enjoys diplomatic immunity under Vienna Convention: US

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

attach Col at the US embassy in Islamabad, who is facing charges of killing a Pakistani national and injuring other in a road accident, enjoys under the Vienna Convention, the US said today.

"The individual involved is an accredited diplomat," a State Department said, responding to a question on Hall, who over the weekend was involved in a fatal road accident in which one Pakistani motorcyclist lost his life while the pillion rider was injured.

Police has urged the that Hall may not be allowed to leave the country.

"In accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the individual, like all diplomats, is immune from the criminal, civil and administrative jurisdiction of and cannot be arrested, detained, or banned from leaving the country," the said.

"For the safety and security of those involved, we cannot disclose the diplomat's current location. We are in close contact with the appropriate Pakistani officials," the said, adding that the US embassy is co-operating with the investigation.

Meanwhile, State-run Voice of reported that the US has not imposed any restriction on the travel of Pakistani diplomats in the US.

The has confirmed via email that there are "no restrictions on travel for Pakistani diplomats in the United States", despite reports that they will soon be subjected to new travel restrictions, VOA reported today.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 08:15 IST