An Additional Sessions choose Wednesday unleash CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who killed 2 Pakistanis on a busy road in Lahore, when payment of blood cash (Diyat) in accordance with Sharia law of Pakistan, sources said.
Talking to Geo News, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the court released Raymond Davis when the relations of the murdered men appeared within the court and pardoned the US National when an agreement was reached between the 2 sides. “He has been released from jail and currently it’s up to him to depart the country whenever he desires,” the Minister added.
The families of the murdered men, Fahim and Faizan, accepted the blood cash of two.34 million bucks (equal to Rs200 million) whereas, per sources, four US visas were conjointly a part of the deal.
The killings by Raymond Davis in Lahore in January strained relations between Pakistan and US, who repeatedly insisted Davis was an embassy employee and enjoyed diplomatic immunity, significantly when it emerged he was operating for the CIA.
Only IG Police, US Consul General in Lahore Carmela Conroy and lawyers were gift throughout the hearing in Central Jail, sources said.
The counsel of the bereaved families, Manzoor Butt alleged that the families of Faizan and Fahim were forcibly brought from their homes to the court.
Lawyers for the families said that they had been prevailed gun-point for four hours at the jail court where Davis was being tried on Wednesday, however had not been allowed to witness proceedings. They were conjointly warned against uttering a word before the media, sources said.
Blood cash, or ‘Diyat’ may be a provision beneath Islamic sharia law during which compensation may be paid to relatives of these killed to secure a pardon, and is often used to resolve such cases in Pakistan.
The Davis case had sparked protests in Pakistan, with spiritual teams angrily denouncing the yankee who claimed he acted in self-defence to fend off an armed theft when he shot dead the 2 men.
US authorities insisted Davis was protected by full diplomatic immunity, however the Pakistan government refused to back that claim and a choice on his standing was on Monday deferred by the Lahore high court for criminal judges to make a decision.
Revelations that Davis was a CIA contractor heaped pressure on Pakistan’s embattled government and additional ramped up burning public mistrust of Washington, damaging fragile relations between the 2 cautious allies.
A third Pakistani was struck down and killed by a US diplomatic vehicle that came to Davis’ help within the January incident. US officers denied Pakistan access to the vehicle, and also the occupants are widely believed to possess left the country.