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US diplomat involved in road accident in Pak returns home

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A US diplomat, who killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in a road accident last month, has left the country amidst controversy over his

Defence attache killed a motorbike rider and injured another on April 7 in after jumping a red signal. A case was registered but he was never formally arrested due to

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

The has since left for on a special flight.

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

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

Relatives of the victims had asked the government to prosecute Colonel Hall for murder. The High Court 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

refused to withdraw the immunity of the diplomat but promised to hold him accountable under its domestic laws, the sources said.

After the assurance, Hall was allowed to leave yesterday and apparently flew to initially to go to America, according to sources.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 11:05 IST