US expects to get ‘blood money’ bill over Davis’ acquittal: Official

March 19th, 2011 - 4:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Mar 19(ANI): The Obama administration “fully expects to get the bill” over double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis’ acquittal at some point and would pay it, a US official has said.

The assertion by the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, comes a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “the United States does not pay any compensation”, the Nation reports.

A Lahore court had acquitted Davis in the double murder case on Wednesday, and ordered his immediate release after the legal heirs of the two victims accepted blood money and pardoned the killer.

A lawyer closely connected to the case said that the families’ compensation was 1.4 million dollars, but Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had said that the compensation amounted to 2.34 million pounds.

The US official said that the agreement was reached between the families and the Pakistani officials.

The official was however unaware of any Saudi involvement in the case. (ANI)

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