Wife of man killed by American attempts suicide

Raymond Davis case
Burning tires are seen near supporters of the religious and political party Jamaat-e-Islami during a protest rally in Lahore February 1, 2011. – Reuters Photo
LAHORE: A doctor says the wife of one of the Pakistani men allegedly shot and killed by an American official has tried to commit suicide by eating rat poison.

Ali Naqi, a doctor in Faisalabad city treating Shumaila Kanwal, said she told him she took the poison Sunday because she believes her husband’s suspected killer will be freed without trial. Her condition is deteriorating.

The US has said the American official, identified by Pakistanis as Raymond Allen Davis, has diplomatic immunity and is being illegally detained. He has told a Pakistani court that he acted in self-defense on Jan. 27 when he shot two armed men trying to rob him at gunpoint as he drove his car in the eastern city of Lahore.

Police say they are pursuing possible murder charges.