A Pakistani court on Saturday sent another American national to jail, a day after he was detained in the northwestern city of Peshawar for overstaying his visa, a government lawyer said.
The arrested man identified as Aaron Mark DeHaven.
Police presented DeHaven in a local court on Saturday and he was then remanded for 14 days, lawyer Javed Ali told Reuters.
"He told the court that he had come to Pakistan on a business visa which expired in October last year and that he has already applied for the extension," Ali said.
"He said that his visa has not been renewed after which the court sent him to jail. He has been charged under a foreign act, that could result in his deportation," he said.
A U.S. embassy spokesperson said on Friday they had seen media reports about DeHaven's arrest and were trying to arrange consular access through the Pakistan government.
Ties between the U.S. and Pakistan are already strained over the detention of a CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, charged with killing two Pakistanis. The United States claims Davis has diplomatic immunity.
Davis, a former U.S. special forces officer, has been charged with double-murder and faces possible execution.
Davis shot dead two men in the eastern city of Lahore last month. He said he acted in self-defence and the United States says he has diplomatic immunity and should be repatriated.
A Pakistan court on Friday adjourned Davis' trial until March 3, dismissing U.S. demands for his release.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 26 Şubat 2011, 11:29