March 16, 2011 / 8:04 AM / 9 years ago

Pakistan court indicts CIA contractor for double murder

U.S. consulate employee Raymond Davis is escorted by police and officials out of court after facing a judge in Lahore, in this January 28, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Tariq Saeed

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Wednesday indicted a CIA contractor on two counts of murder at a hearing held at a prison in Lahore, a police official said, in a move that may further strain relations between Pakistan and the United States.

Raymond Davis, 36, shot dead two Pakistanis in the eastern Punjab city on January 27 following what he described as an attempted armed robbery. He said he acted in self-defence and the United States says he has diplomatic immunity and should be repatriated.

“He has been indicted,” a police investigator assigned to the case told Reuters from inside the jail.

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