‘Pakistan lets US diplomat Col Joseph fly away’
Military Attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall left for the United States on Monday evening, diplomatic sources informed told a local news channel.
On April 7, Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall ran a red light and rammed into a motorcycle killing a Pakistani civilian. He was let go by police officials in Islamabad after the accident as the law — Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 — provided the diplomat immunity from criminal prosecution.
According to sources, the local police has handed over all record related to Colonel Hall to US officials.
Hall is a certified envoy who enjoys diplomatic immunity, the sources added. Pakistan’s criminal, civil, and administrative laws are not applicable to the US envoy.
The US government had refused to exempt Joseph from the diplomatic immunity, said sources.
Earlier on Saturday, a United Airforce C130 airplane had returned from the Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi without the diplomat as the Interior Ministry refused to issue him a No Objection Certificate (NOC), sources had informed Geo News.
The Islamabad High Court on May 11, on a petition filed by the deceased’s father, had ruled that the US diplomat does not have absolute immunity in the country.
The court had also granted two weeks to the Ministry of Interior Affairs to decide over placing his name on the Exit Control List (ECL).
A security official, part of Colonel Hall’s security detail, had been arrested on the orders of AIG Islamabad for obstructing a police officer from performing his duty, a source had said.
Arrest orders had also been issued for all other officials involved in helping Colonel Joseph flee from the police station, the source had further said.