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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Pakistan court ordered US government worker held on murder charges
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On February 1, 2011, a judge for the Lahore High Court in Pakistan ordered that US consulate worker Raymond Davis be held in custody for the murder of two men in Pakistan. The order came over US objections that Davis enjoyed diplomatic immunity. Davis and US embassy officials claimed that Davis shot and killed the victims in self-defense after the men attempted to carjack Davis's vehicle. Davis was later acquitted of the charges after reportedly reaching a $2.35 million "blood money" settlement with the victims' families.

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