CIA Contractor in Pakistan Apparently Saved by Sharia

By
Photo: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

The United States has purchased the freedom of Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor who has been imprisoned in Pakistan since he shot and killed two men there in January in what he claims was an act of self-defense. The numbers differ — the AP says $2.34 million was paid to the victims' families, while ABC News has it at $1.4 million — but what's interesting is why, exactly, this worked out.

As Talking Points Memo explains:

"The court first indicted him but the families later told court that they have accepted the blood money and they have pardoned him," Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters. "The court acquitted him in the murder case."

Last month, the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle suggested something like this could be in the works. At the time, Prime Minister Yousif Raza Gilani asked Islamic scholars in Pakistan to help find an Islamic way to solve the Davis question .... One possible solution, Deutsche Welle reported, was "the invocation of the Qisas and Diyat Ordinance of Shariah Law in which compensation is paid to the family of the victims."

Sharia says you're welcome, America.

Was Raymond Davis Bailed Out By Sharia Law? [TPM]
'Blood Money' Deal Frees CIA Contractor Raymond Davis From Pakistan [ABC News]
'Blood money' frees CIA contractor in Pakistan [AP]