The Case of Raymond Davis in Pakistan
February 8, 2011 4:03 PM Subscribe
The mystery of American Raymond A. Davis, currently imprisoned in the custody of local police in Lahore, Pakistan and charged with the Jan. 27 murder of two young men, whom he allegedly shot eight times with pinpoint accuracy through his car windshield, is growing increasingly murky. Also growing is the anger among Pakistanis that the US is trying to spring him from a Punjab jail by claiming diplomatic immunity. from The Deepening Mystery of Raymond Davis and Two Slain Pakistani MotorcyclistsDavis (whose identity was first denied and later confirmed by the US Embassy in Islamabad), and the embassy have claimed that he was hired as an employee of a US security company called Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, which was said to be located at 5100 North Lane in Orlando, Florida. Business cards for Hyperion were found on Davis by arresting officers.
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However CounterPunch has investigated and discovered...
[that Hyperion is a non-existent front company or shell company of some kind]...
Some relevant background:
News agencies are reporting
that the dispute over the arrest of Davis has become a crisis in U.S.-Pakistan relations, and officials said they feared it could threaten future cooperation...unless it is resolved quickly. Two top Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee said U.S. aid to Pakistan is in jeopardy if the American is not released,
and the Obama administration has suspended all high-level dialogue with Pakistan
However, there remains a distinct possibility that Davis is a clandestine agent, freelance spy or mercenary posing as a private contractor, and furthermore that his diplomatic credentials are fraudulent
Here is part of what we know for sure
On January 27th, Davis was driving a Honda Civic alone through Lahore
[in a part of the city not normally visited
by foreign diplomats] when two men pulled alongside him on a motorbike at traffic lights. According to the US embassy in Islamabad, he saw that one of them had a gun. Apparently fearing that he was about to be robbed, he opened fire, killing both. When US officials arrived to rescue him from a growing mob, they ran over a bystander, resulting in a third death.
However, subsequent revelations suggest that while Davis was indeed a security agent with special operations' skills, the deadly shoot-out on a busy Lahore street was the culmination of a spy v spy episode that involved a fouled-up contact and ISI tails. Pakistani intelligence officials are now saying ISI foot soldiers were assigned to tail Davis after he crossed an unspecified "red line." Davis, who speaks Urdu and Pashto, was not only armed but also carrying other technical equipment, according to Pakistani officials.
Adding a fourth body to this case, and in another strange twist, the wife of one of the Pakistanis killed by Davis apparently committed suicide (by poison)