Arrested FBI agent doesn’t enjoy diplomatic immunity: Pakistan

bbThe Pakistan foreign ministry Thursday said an employee of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested this week for carrying ammunition does not enjoy diplomatic immunity.

Joel Cox was arrested Monday in the southern port city of Karachi while attempting to board a domestic flight to the capital Islamabad, after the Airport Security Force (ASF) found 15 bullets of 9 mm calibre and a pistol clip in his baggage.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman, Tasnim Aslam, told a weekly press briefing that the US had sought consular access for Cox and that had been granted, Xinhua reported.

She also confirmed that the US embassy had contacted the government about the arrest of Cox.

The US authorities said that Cox was in Pakistan for police training.

However, a police officer in Karachi said investigators had not yet confirmed the claim.

The police are investigating how a person can carry ammunition when he is in Pakistan on a visit visa, adding that Cox has failed to provide any document that allows him to keep bullets.

A local judge in Karachi has ordered Cox to remain in police custody until May 10 for questioning.

However, the district and sessions judge in Karachi Thursday accepted Cox’s bail plea and ordered his release.

Cox has claimed in his bail application that the ammunition found in his baggage was not his and that he was being implicated in the case.

The devices seized from Cox’s possession include a pen camera and a locator gadget.

(Source: IANS)

Court denies relief against arrest to ex-India cricketer

The Delhi High Court Tuesday refused interim protection against arrest to cricketer Jacob Joseph Martin, who represented India in ODIs in 1999, in a case of forging documents to facilitate illegal immigration.

Justice Hima Kohli directed Martin, and the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) and assistant commissioner of police (ACP) of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport to appear before her April 4.

The court earlier sought a status report from police in the case against Martin, 38, accused of allegedly forging documents to facilitate illegal immigration.

Police told the court in their reply that Martin appeared neither before the DCP nor the ACP and they needed to arrest him.

Justice Kohli declined the plea of Martin, an Indian Railways batsman who played 10 one-day international matches for India, for an immediate direction to police not to arrest him as he would co-operate in investigation.

The court’s direction came on Martin’s plea challenging the trial court’s order dismissing his anticipatory bail plea.

The cricketer, who made his debut against the West Indies in 1999, moved the high court after the trial court issued a non-bailable warrant against him and initiated proceedings to declare him a proclaimed offender for failing to join the investigation.

Haryana told to arrest all Dalit attack accused by Monday

The Supreme Court Thursday slammed the Haryana government for its failure to arrest all those who looted and burnt Dalit houses in Mirchpur village in Hisar district April 21 and told it to arrest by Monday all accused who are on the run.

If those responsible for committing atrocities could not be arrested then what right does the director general of police have to continue in office, asked an apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice A.K. Ganguly.

If Haryana police is incapable of arresting those wanted in the Mirchpur case, ‘then we will ask some paramilitary force to arrest them’, the court said.

The court also wanted to know what the chief secretary of the state was doing. The court said that all those wanted in Mirchpur attack on Dalits should be arrested by Monday.

The court said that all those who have committed the crime should be brought before the law and be made to account for their sins.

It may be recalled that April 21 this year people from the dominant caste attacked and burnt the houses of Valmiki community in Mirchpur in which 70-year-old Tara Chand and his disabled daughter Suman were burnt alive.

This led to an exodus of Dalits from the village.

Taking note of the failure of the government to rehabilitate the Dalit victims, Justice Singhvi told the Advocate General of Haryana H.S. Hooda: ‘You do not allow them to live then should we direct the neighbouring state to accommodate them.’

The court also took note of the fact that things have come to such a pass that Dalit children of Mirchpur were not going to school.

Senior counsel Colin Gonsalves told the court that a 14-year-old Dalit girl died of shock after she was scolded and humiliated in the school.

Directing the government to provide two quintal wheat to each of the Dalit family in the village within seven days, the court asked the state to furnish all the records in support of its claim that it had given 65 people hundred days’ employment under a central government scheme.

Justice Singhvi told Haryana’s advocate general that ‘apart from legal issues we are concerned with the humanitarian aspect of the plight of the victims’.

Justice Singhvi further said that ‘all the people who are uprooted should be settled and protected. They should not live under threat’.

The court was told that 52 people involved in the Mirchpur incident have been arrested and remaining would be arrested soon.

This prompted Justice Singhvi to ask if the remaining accused have gone to Dubai or fled to other states in the country.

The court was also given a report by the advocates from the office of the advocate general on Mirchpur incident. The court said that the copies of the same should be given to all the parties in the case.