FBI Agent Arrested At Pakistan Airport To
Be Released On Bail: Police
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[May 08, 2014]
By Katharine Houreld and Syed Raza Hassan
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A U.S. Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent arrested in Pakistan for trying to
board a civilian flight with bullets and a knife in his luggage was due
to be released on $10,000 bail on Thursday, Pakistani authorities said.
Joel Cox, confirmed by the U.S. State Department as an FBI agent,
was arrested on Sunday at the airport in the southern city of
Karachi after trying to board a flight with the knife and 15 9-mm
bullets in his luggage, police said.
He had yet to leave the court, a witness said. Bail conditions
included a payment of 1 million rupees ($10,000).
"The government can challenge the bail but since the offence is not
serious enough they might not challenge it," a police officer said.
The case has revived memories of Raymond Davis, an American Central
Intelligence Agency contractor who was arrested in January 2011
after shooting dead two men he believed were about to rob him in the
eastern city of Lahore.
Many Pakistanis were angry that Davis was released after
compensation was paid to the families of the dead and he was
pardoned, a practice allowed under Pakistani law.
Cox appeared in court on Tuesday on what police said were charges of
carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight and was
remanded in custody.
His equipment, including his laptop, has been sent to a forensic
laboratory for testing.
A State Department spokeswoman said Washington was working closely
with Pakistan to resolve Cox's arrest.
"This individual detained is an employee of the FBI, who was on a
temporary duty assignment to provide routine assistance to the legal
attaché at the U.S. mission," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in her
daily briefing in Washington on Wednesday.
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"We are coordinating closely to resolve this with authorities, and
we are hopeful in that regard," she said.
The Davis case demonstrated the deep suspicion on both sides that
pervades the uneasy alliance between the United States and Pakistan.
Both governments officially cooperate on fighting militancy but have
traded public accusations in the past.
(Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed in WASHINGTON; Writing by
Katharine Houreld; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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