Pakistan court grants bail to FBI agent
By Aamir Latif, Thursday, May 08, 2014
ISLAMABAD - An FBI agent detained in Pakistan for trying to carry ammunition for a firearm onto a plane was granted bail by a Pakistani court Monday.
Joel Cox was arrested by security at Karachi airport in the country's south on Monday and his bail was set at 1 million Pakistani Rupees (US$10,000).
Cox's defense counsel pleaded that he was travelling from Karachi to Islamabad and had “mistakenly” left the bullets and a 9mm pistol magazine in his luggage.
Cox was granted bail despite already being remanded in police custody until May 10 by another court.
An investigating officer, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the Anadolu Agency that the FBI agent had refused to answer any questions during the investigation, saying only the U.S. embassy could answer their questions.
Pakistan’s foreign office confirmed on Thursday that a U.S. citizen was detained by airport security and that he was an "FBI official.”
Pakistan's Foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told reporters during a weekly press briefing that investigations into the incident were underway.
“The U.S. embassy had asked Pakistan for counsellor’s access to the accused, which was granted,” said Aslam. “Neither is he (Cox) a diplomat, nor does he enjoy diplomatic immunity.”
Aslam said U.S. State Department officials were going to Pakistan to discuss the issue with Pakistani authorities.
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