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'Killer' US diplomat Col Joseph flees home

'Killer' US diplomat Col Joseph flees home

A USA diplomat, who killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in a road accident last month, has left the country amidst controversy over his immunity from prosecution.

The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan expressed "deep sympathy" for the family of the dead man and for another person who was injured in the accident and said that it was cooperating with Pakistani investigators.

Sources privy to development stated that police record had been provided to U.S. authorities to launch legal proceedings against him in America. But the diplomat was not arrested because of his diplomatic immunity.

Hall was involved in a fatal vehicle accident in Daman-e-Koh, north of Islamabad as he, on April 7, jumped a red light and rammed into a motorcycle killing one Pakistani civilian, as reported by the Geo news.

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On Saturday, a special aircraft had landed at the Nur Khan Airbase to take Colonel Joseph, but was prevented by immigration authorities.

He was reportedly sloshed while driving the white Land Cruiser that hit three motorcyclists at a traffic signal. The US government had refused to exempt Joseph from the diplomatic immunity, said sources. A writ petition filed in the Islamabad High Court was dismissed on Monday.

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

The United States and Pakistan imposed travel restrictions on each other's diplomats last week as the dispute continued to simmer.