'Blood money' paid for release of CIA agent
Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00
An American CIA agent who shot two motorcycle gunmen in Lahore earlier this year was released yesterday after 'blood money' was paid to the dead men's families.
Reports suggested the US government had paid between $2.3m and $10m (€1.7m-€7.2m) and promised green cards to members of the families to clinch Raymond Davis's release.
However, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton insisted the payment did not come from the US government.
Asked who did pay, Mrs Clinton replied: "You will have to ask the families."
Davis (36) shot two men who rode alongside him on a motorbike as he drove through Lahore on January 27 after one of them waved a gun. Another motorcyclist was also killed when he was hit by a car driven by an American official sent to rescue Davis from the scene.
The settlement will ease a diplomatic crisis between the US and Pakistan, a crucial partner in the war against terror. (© Daily Telegraph, London)