US embassy says cannot provide legal advice, participate in court proceedings

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Embassy of the United States of America in Islamabad in a statement issued on twitter said that 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 affect their release.

“In a foreign country, U.S. citizens are 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”, US embassy tweeted.

It is believed that the US embassy gave this statement apparently in the context of the murder of Pakistani citizen Noor Mukadam by the American citizen Zahir Jaffer, however, the Twitter message did not mention the victim, the accused or the case.