CIA operative charged in parking spot fight

Last Updated: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 15:39

Highlands Ranch: A CIA contractor
freed by Pakistani authorities after the families of two men
he killed in a shootout agreed to accept a USD 2.34 million
"blood money" payment was charged after authorities said he
got into a fight over a shopping centre parking spot.

Deputies responding to an altercation between two men
outside an Einstein Bagel in Highlands Ranch, south of Denver,
took Raymond Davis into custody yesterday morning, said
Sheriff`s Lt Glenn Peitzmeier. He was charged with
third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, both
misdemeanours.

Further details on his arrest, which was first reported
by KMGH-TV Channel 7 in Denver, were not immediately
available. Peitzmeier said the victim, who was not identified,
refused medical treatment at the scene. Davis was freed from
the jail after posting bond, Peitzmeier said.

In January, Davis said he shot two Pakistani men who
tried to rob him in Lahore. The case enraged many in the
country, where anti-American sentiment runs high.

The US insisted Davis had immunity from prosecution, but
he was not released until March 16 under a deal that
compensated the victims` families, who agreed to accept "blood
money" under Islamic tradition. Pakistan`s security agencies
came under intense domestic criticism for freeing him.

The agreement, nearly seven weeks after the shootings,
ended the dispute that had strained ties between the United
States and Pakistan.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 15:39

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