US citizens subject to country’s law where arrested: embassy
ISLAMABAD: In an apparent response to Zahir Zakir Jaffer’s repeatedly saying to Islamabad Police that they could not interrogate him in Noor Mukadam murder case as he was a US citizen, US Embassy Islamabad has said, in a foreign country, US citizens were subject to that country’s laws.
“When Americans are arrested abroad, the embassy can check on their well-being and provide a list of lawyers, but cannot provide legal advice, participate in court proceedings or effect their release,” it added.
On July 20, daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat had been shot dead and beheaded in Islamabad.
According to details, son of a leading businessman, Zahir Jaffer had gunned down the 27 years old woman while she was present at his house. The victim and the suspect were friends for a long time.
On July 25, Islamabad police had taken the parents of Zahir Jaffer and household staff into custody for interrogation.
On July 26, the district and sessions court in Islamabad had granted extension in physical remand of the suspect for two days, after he was presented before Magistrate Sohaib Bilal Ranjha amid high security by Kohsar police station officials upon completion of two-day remand.
On July 27, Zahir Jaffer had admitted that he committed the crime because the woman cheated him. Zahir had made the confession during an interrogation with police.
Initial investigation had revealed that the victim had been tortured for three hours before being shot and beheaded.