Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pakistani Pay As You Murder Plan Invoked

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Wed, March 16, 2011 -- 8:55 AM ET

Lahore, Pakistan
March 16, 2011

Pakistan Frees American Killer Who Worked for C.I.A., Officials Say

American officials on Wednesday won the release of a C.I.A.
contractor under investigation for two counts of murder, after spending more than six hours at the jail with the families of the victims, the lawyer for the families told reporters.

The families accepted payment of blood money, the lawyer said. He said he thought the C.I.A. contractor, Raymond Davis, 36, had already left the jail.

The Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed on television that the blood money payment has been paid and that Mr. Davis has been handed over to the U.S. Consul General.

It has been reported that the CIA contractor killer's arrest and detention had strained U.S. Pakistani relations with the U.S. insisting the killer be released to U.S. custody in order to be present for a special awards ceremony planned for him.

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