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Mar072011

Lawyers Hope to Win Release of CIA Operative from Pakistanis

Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- Two U.S. attorneys will defend Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor under arrest in Lahore, Pakistan for the shooting deaths of two men last January.

Last week, a court in Lahore rejected claims that Davis can't be tried because he worked in the U.S. Embassy and was therefore entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Davis has told Pakistani authorities that he shot the men in self-defense, alleging they were trying to rob him.  The Pakistanis are seen as bowing to immense public pressure to put Davis on trial.

The American lawyers, who arrived in Lahore Saturday, are also expected to meet with the families of the two slain men, who are believed to have worked for Pakistan's ultra-secret spy agency.

It's expected that the lawyers will offer to pay compensation to the families, which is traditional under Islamic law.

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