3 Iranian Guards Face Murder Charges In Pakistan

By Salon Staff
January 4, 2012 12:00PM (UTC)
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QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says three Iranian border guards held here face murder charges after fatally shooting a man inside Pakistan's territory while chasing smugglers.

Deputy commissioner Saeed Jamali said on Wednesday that the case against the three was registered at a police station the day before. This means the Iranians will have to go on trial, though no date for it has been set.

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Iran has said the three crossed the border unintentionally while chasing smugglers and has asked Pakistan to release them quickly. The incident occurred Sunday in Baluchistan province, a desolate, sparsely populated region where the border is not clearly marked.

After the shooting, Pakistani border guards chased the Iranians back across the border and detained them.


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