US Diplomat, Involved in Car Crash, Leaves Pakistan

Diplomatic sources say Col Joseph Emanuel Hall leaves in a 'special plane'

Diplomatic sources say Col Joseph Emanuel Hall leaves in a 'special plane'

A USA diplomat, who killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in a road accident last month, has left the country amidst controversy over his immunity from prosecution.

Pakistani newspapers reported that the American, identified as a military attache, was blocked Saturday from leaving Pakistan, forcing the USA military aircraft sent on his behalf to depart without him.

In early April, Hall allegedly ran a red light in Islamabad killing a motorcyclist and injuring a passenger.

The diplomat left for Afghanistan last night on a special flight, the report said.

The Pakistan government reportedly took the decision to allow Hall to leave the country after the USA government assured that Colonel Hall will be tried under United States laws, diplomatic sources were quoted as saying by Dawn News.


A USA diplomat involved in a fatal accident was allowed by Pakistani authorities to leave the country on Monday (May 14), just days after officials here prevented him from boarding a United States military plane, according to U.S. officials.

The spokesman did not identify the US diplomat and provided no further details.

On the other hand, the U.S. government had refused to exempt Joseph from the diplomatic immunity, said sources.

Hall is a certified envoy who enjoys himself diplomatic immunity, the sources added.

The Islamabad High Court on Friday ordered the Interior Ministry to put the diplomat's name on its Exit Control List. After the assurance, Hall was allowed to leave yesterday and apparently flew to Afghanistan initially to go to America, according to sources.

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