26 Apr 2011

Leader of Pakistani Party Criticizes Use of Blood Money

Raymond Davis, the CIA security contractor who admitted to killing two Pakistani men in Lahore, was set free after paying blood money to the families of the victims.

Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice), denounced the act and said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had a ‘tacit understanding’ and it was through their joint strategy that Davis was finally released.1

The U.S. government argued, however, that Mr. Davis had diplomatic immunity and should not have been charged with any crime.

Under Islamic compensation law, blood money is an acceptable way to one’s debt, according to the court in Lahore that ordered that Davis be set free. However, there are also accusations that the family’s of the dead men are currently being held captive, with an order by the Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain to the chief of police to present the familes to the court.

For the original story by the Gulf Times, please click here.

1: Gulf Times article

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