ISLAMABAD, March 16 (Xinhua) -- A Pakistani court Wednesday acquitted CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, facing double murder charges, after families of the slain men accepted compensation, a law minister and lawyers said.
Earlier a court formally indicted Raymond Davis for killing two Pakistanis in Lahore on Jan. 27.
Punjab Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah, confirmed that 18 relatives of the slain men struck a compensation deal with Raymond Davis in the court on Wednesday and the judge acquitted the accused. He said that Davis was released and he can go anywhere.
The U.S. had been trying for reconciliation with the families of the two men with the help of Pakistani government after the matter was referred to the court.
The U.S. had claimed that Raymond Davis had diplomatic immunity and must be released on the basis of diplomatic immunity.
Former Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said the nation should be informed about the "sudden deal." He said the court verdict supported his stand that Davis did not enjoy blanked immunity.
Reports said that the U.S. government has paid 20 million rupees (about 235,300 U.S. dollars) as compensation to the families of the slain men.
Lawyers said that Raymond Davis had contacted the families of the two men and offered compensation on the basis of Islamic law called "Diyat."
Geo TV reported that an American air force plane has taken 15 men from Pakistan Wednesday evening. The report said Raymond Davis may have also been on the same plane.
CIA contractor indicted in double murder case in Pakistan
LAHORE, Pakistan, March 16 (Xinhua) -- A Pakistani court on Wednesday formally framed charges against a CIA contractor for killing two Pakistanis in January this year, local sources said.
Judge Yousaf Ojla, district judge, argued that Raymond Davis should be put on trial for the killing of two Pakistanis in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, on Jan. 27. Full story