ISLAMABAD - The United States on Thursday again demanded of the government of Pakistan to immediately release the American diplomat Raymond Davis, who it claimed, is illegally detained in Lahore. In a press statement issued by the acting spokesperson Courtney Beale, the US Embassy reiterated to the Government of Pakistan that the continued detention of Davis is a gross violation of the international law. The statement added that the US government has repeatedly communicated to the Government of Pakistan that the illegally detained diplomat enjoys diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations (1961). It said that the US Government had notified the Government of Pakistan on January 20, 2010 that the American diplomat was assigned to the US Embassy in Islamabad as a member of the administrative and technical staff. Under the Vienna Convention and Pakistani domestic law, he is entitled to full criminal immunity and cannot be lawfully arrested or detained. "This morning, the American diplomat was remanded in court without notice to the US government, without his lawyer present, and without translation assistance. He was denied due process and a fair hearing," it alleged. The Embassy regretted that the January 27 events in Lahore resulted in the loss of life following an attack on the diplomat by armed 'assailants'. However, the Government of Pakistan must comply with its obligations under international and Pakistani law and ensure that he has immunity from criminal jurisdiction, it added. "We look forward to working with the Government of Pakistan toward the expeditious resolution of this incident. Responsibility for the safety and well-being of the illegally detained diplomat rests with the Government of Pakistan and Punjab provincial authorities," it concluded.