WASHINGTON: ABC News, a major US media network, has identified Raymond Davis, an American accused of killing two Pakistani men, as an employee of a private security company.
The company, Hyperion Protective Consultants LLC, is based at 5100 North Lane, Orlando, Florida 32808.
The Huffington Post, a popular US news Website, while commenting on the ABC News report, notes that the firm “seems like a fly-by-night company that, among other small bore services, sells things like pepper spray” and “sounds like a classic CIA cut-out”.
The company`s Website says that it was founded in 1999 by someone called Gerald L. Richardson “to find ways to guide (the customers) through the often foggy areas of loss and risk management”.
Each one of “our hand selected employees brings to the workplace the best attributes available in the south-eastern region of the United States”.
The US Embassy in Islamabad on Saturday demanded that Pakistani authorities release Mr Davis, who faces murder charges in the recent deaths of two men in Lahore, arguing that he was protected by diplomatic immunity.
Pakistani authorities say Mr Davis was a technical adviser working in the US Consulate in Lahore. The authorities also say that they will leave it to the courts to decide whether the consulate employee is protected by diplomatic immunity.
Last week, US State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley told a briefing in Washington that the name had been misreported.
After denying the man`s name is Raymond Davis, Mr Crowley said he could disclose the real identity of the accused. The spokesman also refused to disclose in what capacity did the accuse work for the embassy or why he was apparently carrying a firearm.
“I can confirm that an employee at the US consulate in Lahore was involved in an incident today,” Mr Crowley said on Thursday. “It is under investigation. We have not released the identity of our employee at this point.” —Correspondent.