'Blood money': CIA contractor freed after payment - World news - South and Central Asia - Pakistan - msnbc.comAn American CIA contractor facing murder charges in Pakistan has been released after the U.S. paid more than $2 million in "blood money" to the relatives of the victims, a lawyer for the families said Wednesday...
Lawyer Raja Irshad said 19 relatives appeared in court Wednesday to accept payments totaling $2.34 million. He said each told the court "they were ready to accept the blood money deal without pressure and would have no objection if the court acquitted Raymond Davis."
IMO, this news report raises troubling issues:
1. Did the U.S. actually pay a ransom to secure Mr. Davis' release. In the story, the U.S. denies a quid-pro-quo arrangement.
2. If the U.S. paid a ransom, no matter how it was packaged, did that indicate that Mr. Davis had actually lacked diplomatic immunity. That immunity was asserted but to the date of his release had not been demonstrated.
3. What precedents would be established if a ransom had been paid and has the U.S. undermined its own credibility when others are inclined to pay ransom e.g., to the Somali pirates, etc.?