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    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapc...harges/?hpt=T2

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A CIA contractor who killed two Pakistani men has been released from jail after $1.4 million in compensation was paid to their families, a lawyer closely connected to the case told CNN Wednesday.

    Raymond Davis had been in jail since January in a case that has strained the always tense relationship between the United States and Pakistan.

    The families of two men he killed forgave him, a government official said Wednesday.

    Punjab province law minister Rana Sanaullah first told Pakistani media that the victims' families did not want to press charges and added soon after that Davis was free to go.

    The statement came just hours after the American was charged with murder in connection with the January shootings.

    "The families of the victims ... have pardoned Raymond Davis," said Cameron Munter, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan. "I am grateful for their generosity. I wish to express, once again, my regret for the incident and my sorrow at the suffering it caused."

    Punjab province law minister Rana Sanaullah first told Pakistani media Wednesday that the victims' families did not want to press charges and added soon after that Davis was free to go.

    The statement came just hours after the American was charged with murder in connection with the January shootings.

    Davis appeared in court after the payment was made and was acquitted of the charges, in accordance with an Islamic practice known as diyat, or compensation, the lawyer said.

    "Diyat," a part of Islamic law that is enshrined in Pakistan's penal code, allows victims to pardon a murderer with or without being paid "blood money," the former chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court, Saeed U Zaman Saddiqi, told CNN.

    On a second charge, illegal possession of a firearm, Davis was fined $250 and sentenced to time already served, the lawyer noted.

    According to Davis, the January 27 shooting occurred after two men attacked him as he drove through a busy Lahore neighborhood, the U.S. Embassy has said. Munter said Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into the incident.

    The United States had been seeking the release of Davis on the grounds that he has diplomatic immunity.

    But a high court in Pakistan refused Monday to decide whether the CIA contractor has diplomatic immunity, sending the case back to a lower court, the official Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

    The lower court had already ruled that Davis does not enjoy protected diplomatic status because neither he nor the Pakistani government has provided documents proving that he does.

    U.S. officials originally said Davis was a diplomat and later revealed that he is a CIA contractor, intensifying the already highly charged situation.

    Pakistan is a key U.S. ally in efforts against al Qaeda and the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan, and the shooting deaths outraged many Pakistanis.

    CIA spokesman George Little said Wednesday the agency and its "Pakistani counterparts have had a strong relationship for years.

    "When issues arise, it's our standing practice to work through them," Little said in a statement. "That's the sign of a healthy partnership -- one that's vital to both countries, especially as we face a common set of terrorist enemies."
    This is a wall of text that basically says we paid $1.4 million dollars to hostage takers.

    No one wanted another star on the wall here. What happened to the American muscle and clout where we other government did not just back our play and give us our operative back?
    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    Originally posted by jcioccke
    After I hit it, I would be disgusted with her

  • #2
    Would you feel the same way if a Pakistani ISI agent in the USA whacked two Americans and his backup killed a third?

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    • #3
      If they were victims of a violent crime, I would have no problem with it....as long as it was self defense as this appears to be (according to a news article).
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      Originally posted by Smurfette
      Lord have mercy. You're about as slick as the business side of duct tape.
      Originally posted by DAL
      You are without doubt a void surrounded by a sphincter muscle.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Seventy2002 View Post
        Would you feel the same way if a Pakistani ISI agent in the USA whacked two Americans and his backup killed a third?
        If that agent dropped some turds trying to rob him at gun point this would not be an issue here. Nor would the families of said turds cash in for 1.4 million dollars from the Pakistan government coffers.

        So yes, I would feel the same way. Pat the agent on the back tell him good job and let them go about their business.
        The beatings will continue until morale improves.

        Originally posted by jcioccke
        After I hit it, I would be disgusted with her

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FJDave View Post
          ... I would have no problem with it....as long as it was self defense as this appears to be (according to a news article).
          That was the initial story. It hasn't held up well. Maybe the full story will be declassified or Wikileaked some time in the future. Right now, it strikes me as a really clumsy assassination.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Seventy2002 View Post
            That was the initial story. It hasn't held up well. Maybe the full story will be declassified or Wikileaked some time in the future. Right now, it strikes me as a really clumsy assassination.
            Pakistani media accounts, conversely, have focused on the myriad details of Davis's story that cannot be reconciled either with the observations of witnesses on the scene or the reports of police investigators. They dwell on the report that each victim bore three bullet wounds, all of which entered from the back -- meaning that neither victim could have been facing Davis or brandishing a firearm when he was shot. They have also fixated in detail on the formidable array of hardware Davis had in his car at the time of his arrest: a Glock 9mm handgun, a Beretta, sophisticated GPS equipment, an infrared light, a telescope, cell phones, a satellite phone, bullets (which, Pakistani police later stated were of a special armor-piercing variety outlawed in many countries), M-16 shells, military knives, and a camera with photographs of madrasas and other sites around Lahore. There were other eyebrow-raising details, too: Davis was reportedly carrying a number of ATM and military ID cards and several IDs identifying him with U.S. consulates, using different names, plus theatrical makeup commonly used for disguises.

            Sounds like the guy was just out for a drive taking photos to me and the media is just wrapped up with minor details.
            Last edited by 10-7Alpha; 03-16-2011, 02:25 PM.
            The beatings will continue until morale improves.

            Originally posted by jcioccke
            After I hit it, I would be disgusted with her

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            • #7
              Who says we haven't negotiated on the down low?

              edit: Bring out the tinfoil hats, everyone.
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              Originally posted by mitojo
              I was once thanked by two citizens in one day. Weird.

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              • #8
                This is the way these things are done.

                This situation was well covered by the media. It's not the first.

                M-11
                “All men dream...... But not equally..
                Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it is vanity;
                but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
                for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.....”

                TE Lawrence

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by M-11 View Post
                  This is the way these things are done.
                  Yeah, but not many jurisdictions let people settle murder charges with cash. The Pakistanis apparently proposed a less-acceptable solution.

                  Entangling alliances; when will we ever learn?

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