Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015

FBI agent arrested at Pakistan airport faces weapons charges: Officials

Published on May 8, 2014 3:08 PM

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS) - A US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent arrested in Pakistan for trying to board a civilian flight with bullets and a knife in his luggage is being investigated on possible criminal charges, Pakistani authorities said on Thursday.

Joel Cox, confirmed by the US 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.

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 they then pardoned him, a practice allowed under Pakistani law.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!