ISLAMABAD May 19 A Pakistani court on Monday
dropped a case against a U.S. law enforcement agent charged with
weapons offenses for trying to board a flight while carrying
bullets and a knife in his luggage.
The incident revived memories of Pakistan's 2011 arrest of a
CIA contractor, who shot dead two men he thought were trying to
rob him, souring U.S.-Pakistani ties at a time when the two
nations were already deeply suspicious of each other.
Both nations officially cooperate to fight Islamist
militants but frequently trade public accusations.
In the current case, Pakistani authorities arrested Joel
Cox, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, at the airport in
the southern city of Karachi on May 4 after he tried to board a
civilian flight with the knife and 15 9-mm bullets, police said.
He spent three nights in jail before being freed on a
On Monday, police said they asked for the case to be
"Since he was not carrying a weapon, only bullets were found
from his luggage, the investigation report recommended the
cancellation of the case," Inspector Khalid Mehmood told
In the 2011 shooting, the detained contractor, Raymond
Davis, was eventually freed after the payment of "blood money"
to the families of the two men, a practice allowed by Pakistani
(Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Katharine Houreld
and Clarence Fernandez)