Islamabad (Staff Report): The federal government on Tuesday submitted its reply in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in a case relating the killing of a young man in road accident by US Defence Attache Col Joseph Emmanuel.

Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Raja Khalid informed the court that the diplomat can neither be arrested nor be tried. Khalid said that the Vienna Convention ensures immunity to any accident of diplomats occurring during official duty. "A trial can only be held if the immunity is withdrawn

He asserted that the diplomat’s name is in the 'black list' according to which he cannot leave the country, however, he added that placing the official’s name in the Exit Control List (ECL) is a long process.

A man, identified as 22-year-old Ateeq, died on the support, while his cousin Raheel Ahmad suffered injuries.

The incident took place in the afternoon on the foothills of the Margallas near the zoo. A fast-moving SUV, said to be driven by the US defence and air attaché, jumped the lights and hit a motorcycle carrying two men at a traffic signal.

This is the third road accident in recent years in which US diplomats have hit and killed people in Islamabad, the capital city police said, adding that they got away with it because they had diplomatic immunity.