Jailed CIA agent let go by Pakistan
Reports say a court in Pakistan has freed a CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who was charged with killing two Pakistani men in the eastern city of Lahore.
Davis has now left Lahore for the US with six other American officials on a special flight.
His release comes after he paid the blood money or compensation in line with Sharia law. Officials say family members of the slain men appeared in court and confirmed that they had pardoned Davis.
However, there are reports that they were pressured by police into signing the agreement, a Press TV correspondent says.
A lawyer representing the family of one of those killed says the “blood money” deal was made without his knowledge.
“I was not allowed to participate in the proceedings of the case… and could not see or approach my clients,” state-run BBC quoted Lawyer Asad Manzoor Butt as saying.
“I and my associate were kept under forced detention for four hours,” he said.
“If my clients have indeed signed a blood money deal, then this has been done behind my back and I don’t know anything about it.”
The court had indicted Davis on two counts of murder.
In January, Davis shot dead two Pakistani men. Davis claims it was an act of self-defense, but he has failed to convince the court.
Investigators charge that the killings were deliberate.
A third Pakistani was killed when a US diplomatic vehicle ran him over while rushing to Davis’ aid.
The case has soured relations between Islamabad and Washington since January.
The death of the three Pakistanis has intensified anti-US sentiments in Pakistan.