Lahore: A Pakistani court on Wednesday freed Raymond Davis, a US official arrested for gunning down two men in Lahore, after money was paid in accordance with Sharia law.

"The family members of the slain men appeared in the court and independently verified they had pardoned him (Davis)," Punjab province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said. "He has been released from jail. Now it is up to him. He can go wherever he wants," he added.

Earlier Wednesday, Davis was indicted by a Pakistani court. The session’s judge charged Davis on two counts of murder at a hearing held at the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, said.

Davis, 36, shot dead two Pakistanis on a motorcycle in Lahore Jan 27 following what he described as an attempted armed robbery. He claimed that he acted in self-defence.

The January shooting sparked a diplomatic row with the US, which persistently claimed Davis was an embassy employee and enjoyed diplomatic immunity, particularly after it emerged he was working for the CIA.

(Agencies)