Pakistan Acquits CIA Worker in 'Blood Money' Deal

Raymond Davis released, ending US-Pakistan diplomatic standoff
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2011 8:36 AM CDT
Raymond Davis: CIA Contractor Acquitted in Pakistan Double Murder Case After Paying 'Blood Money'
In this Jan. 28, 2011, file photo, Pakistani security officials escort Raymond Allen Davis, center, to a local court in Lahore, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Hamza Ahmed, File)

On the same day he was indicted on two murder charges, CIA contractor Raymond Davis has been acquitted by a Pakistan court and released. The victims' families told the court "that they have accepted the blood money and they have pardoned him," the Punjab Law Minister tells Reuters. Davis’ release ends the US-Pakistan diplomatic standoff that began when Davis fatally shot two Pakistanis on Jan. 27 during what he claimed was an attempted armed robbery. Davis claimed self-defense and the US insisted he had diplomatic immunity. Click for full background on the case. (More Raymond Davis stories.)

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