CIA Raymond Davis Freed After Pardon By Families That Received ‘Blood Money’

The American Embassy says the Justice Department has opened an investigation into the killings of two Pakistani men by a CIA contractor in Pakistan.

The United States say Davis was released by diplomatic immunity. Pakistan sources say Davis was formally charged with murder Tuesday, but immediately pardoned after a payment to the dead men’s families.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denies a claim that the U.S. paid over $2 million in “blood money” to to the men’s families to free Davis.

Raymond Davis, an American diplomat in Pakistan, shot and killed two offenders attempting to rob him Thursday, January 27, 2011, when the offenders confronted him on a motorcycle along a busy roadway in Lahore.

Davis was reported to be in a car, stopped at a traffic light, when assailants on a motorcycle pulled up alongside and tried to rob him. At least one pulled out a pistol, and then was shot by Davis.

Also, a U.S. Consulate car rushing to the scene of the was involved in a car crash that killed a third motorcyclist.

A crowd of bystanders gathered at the scene, and set tires on fire, protesting the shootings.