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Oct032011

CIA Contractor Once Arrested in Pakistan Busted in Colorado

Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo.) -- Police in Colorado arrested a CIA contractor Saturday morning who was held by the Pakistani government earlier this year for shooting two men to death who the American claimed attempted to rob him.

According to Douglas County deputies, Raymond Davis got into an physical altercation with Jeffrey Maes over a parking spot at a bagel shop.  By the time police responded to the call, onlookers had broken up the fight.

Davis was then arrested and charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct before being released after posting $1,750.  The other man, who received minor injuries, refused treatment at the scene and was released.

It was in late January 2011 that Davis was taken into custody after he said that he killed two men in self-defense while walking in Lahore, Pakistan.

While the State Department asserted that Davis was protected by diplomatic immunity, Pakistani authorities were under pressure to prosecute Davis because of widespread anti-American sentiment in the country.

After Davis' cover was blown by a British newspaper, the U.S. admitted that the 36-year-old former Special Forces officer was on a covert mission to collect intelligence on Islamic militant groups.

His release on March 16 came after family members of the victims reportedly received $2.3 million in compensation.

Asked about that by reporters, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the time, "The United States did not pay any compensation."  Clinton then said all inquiries should be made to the families and the Pakistani government.

A "blood money" agreement is part of Islamic law in Pakistan.  At Davis' hearing, 19 relatives of the two slain men said they would pardon Davis and that they had received compensation.

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