Friday, March 18, 2011
Pakistan furore over American's release
Hundreds protest after CIA contractor, accused of killing two men, is set free and sent back home.
Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera's correspondent reporting from the north western city of
, on Thursday said many Pakistanis were incensed and described his release as a sell-out. Peshawar
"Hundreds of students at
with banners and slogans expressed their anger. An effigy of Raymond Davis was also burnt after the protest. Peshawar University
"They alleged that
was a spy and asked why was he let go?" Davis
More protests are planned later on Thursday.
The CIA contractor was released on Wednesday after the families of the two men he killed were given "blood money" and the case was dropped.
Chaudhry Mushtaq, superintendent at Kot Lakhpat jail, said
left the jail with US consulate officials after a court hearing. Davis
However, Hillary Clinton, the
US secretary of state, has denied claims the US paid compensation to secure ' release. Davis
Clinton's statement contradicts a lawyer for the victims' families, who said the
US paid more than $2mn in so-called ‘blood money’ to free . Davis
The Pakistani government has yet to comment on the issue.
insisted he had diplomatic immunity and demanded his repatriation, Pakistani courts ruled in favour of a trial. US
Courtesy :Al Jazeera