US Embassy now active to free FBI agent from Karachi police custody

FBI in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The spokesperson of Pakistan foreign office has now confirmed that US Embassy in Pakistan has made informal contact to get free one Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s secret agent Joel Cox who was held in Karachi for carrying spy equipment and ammunition from Karachi airport.

The foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam confirmed that US Embassy approached informally to seek assistant in releasing FBI’s secret agent Joel Cox.

However, the US Embassy was still declining making any formal statement in this regard. But US media, including the famous CNN, had now reported that arrested US citizen was actually the FBI agent who in fact went to Pakistan for training the police forces.

But Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Cantt Rao Rizwan was holding a different view. According to Rizwan the arrested American had a 90-day visit visa on his passport and he entered Pakistan on May 1, 2014.

“We had recovered fifteen bullets of 9mm gun from a battery. Also, three daggers, one laptop, different types of phones and spy devices were recovered from the bag. He refused to answer any of our questions until being given the facility of an attorney. We have provided a question memo in written which he would be filling after consulting his lawyer,” SSp Rizwan added.

When asked, Rizwan said “We were never informed that he came to train police. Investigation is being carried out. We are doing it on scientific methods.”

Joel Cox was detained at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on April 5, 2014 when he was attempting to board a domestic flight to Islamabad.

The Airport Security Force (ASF) detained Cox and handed over him to the airport police station where a case was lodged against him under section 23 1 (a) of the Sindh Arms Act, 2013.

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