CIA freed man airlifted from Pakistan: report

10:24, March 17, 2011      

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An American special jet plane Wednesday airlifted CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who killed two Pakistanis in January, but was freed by a local court after the families of the slain men struck a compensation deal, local media reported.

The special plane airlifted 12 people from the Allama Iqbal International airport, Lahore, at 4:45 p.m. local time, Geo television airport.

Quoting aviation authorities, the TV reported that the special U.S. plane flew to Bagram air base, Afghanistan.

Geo reported that the U.S. shooter was freed after an understanding between the CIA and Pakistan's spy agency.

Local media reported that the U.S. had paid 20 million rupees ( about 235,300 U.S. dollars) to the families of the slain men and 18 relatives told a court in Lahore they have struck the compensation deal on their free will.

Sources said that a small U.S. air force jet had arrived in Lahore on Tuesday in the evening and had been waiting for the acquittal and release of the CIA gent.

Reports said that the U.S. diplomats handed over 6 million rupees (about 70,588 dollars) to the families of the slain Pakistanis during the court proceedings inside the Kot Lakhpat jail. The relatives had already received other money.

Lawyers said that fathers and mothers of the slain men among the 18 relatives of the slain men were present in the court.

The judge had earlier formally indicted Raymond Davis for killing two Pakistanis but later defence lawyers of the U.S. contractors presented the compensation deal. Later relatives of the slain men recorded statements one-by-one and said they have pardoned the CIA man.

Police sources said that Raymond Davis was taken to the Lahore airport in tight security and secretly to the airport to airlift him to Afghanistan for onward journey to the U.S.

Pakistan's former Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said earlier the nation should be informed about the "sudden and unexpected deal." He said the court verdict supported his stand that Davis did not enjoy blanked immunity.

The federal government is tight lipped over the compensation deal and the Punjab government said it has nothing to do with the compensation plea.

Legal experts said that compensation plea or 'Diyat' is allowed in Islamic principles in which families can pardon killers while accepting money.

Local media earlier reported that families of the slain men said they were forced to sign the compensation plea.

Source: Xinhua

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