CIA contractor released from Pakistan
Thursday, March 17, 2011
|When issues arise, it's our standing practice to work through them. That's the sign of a healthy partnership—one that's vital to both countries.
—George Little, CIA official
Raymond Davis, a contractor for the CIA, has been released from Pakistan after a ruling by a Pakistani court. He was detained after killing two citizens carrying weapons on January 27, 2011. Davis was freed after agreements to pay " " as compensation for the two lives were handled.
Blood money, defined as compensation paid by a murderer, is required under. CIA official George Little said, "When issues arise, it's our standing practice to work through them. That's the sign of a healthy partnership—one that's vital to both countries." John Kerry, a Massachusetts senator, said, "This was a very important and necessary step for both of our countries to be able to maintain our relationship."
After the ruling, a group of protestors demonstrated against the release in Lahore, Pakistan, and the United States government flew Davis out of the country. Asad Manzoor Butt, the attorney for the victims, said that the money was paid after hours of discussion with Americans.
According to a US official, thewill investigate the incident. Anonymous sources said that Pakistan's government footed the bill, although the United States may be required to pay them back. He reportedly shot the two armed men as they attempted to steal from him in Lahore. Davis was accused of two accounts of murder and carrying unlawful weapons; the trial took place early Wednesday. The presence of international operatives in Pakistan has angered many citizens, resulting in protests around the country in the past weeks.
Hillary Clinton said in Cairo, Egypt that the U.S. did not pay the compensation. After being asked by reporters who or what paid the families of the victims, she responded, "The families of the victims pardoned Mr. Davis and we're grateful for their decision."
- Elizabeth Fullerton. "U.S. did not pay compensation in Raymond Davis case" — , March 16, 2011
- Zahid Hussain, Adam Entous, and Tom Wright. "Pakistan Court Releases CIA Contractor" — , March 16, 2011
- The Associated Press. "Lawmaker: CIA contractor leaving Pakistan" — , March 16, 2011