It’s odd that the news reports don’t talk about how the men who had been following him for over two hours and were armed–who he eventually killed- were members of the ISI. There is a lot more here than the press is willing to divulge, apparently, in their quest to call him-and men like him “Rambo”.
Under Pakistani law, blood money is a legal means of securing forgiveness from victims. Under the qasas and diyat laws, derived from Islamic jurisprudence, a court can release an accused person if the victim’s family agrees to a satisfactory cash settlement. The Shari’a-based laws are invoked in the majority of murder cases, Pakistani legal experts say. According to government officials in Punjab, Davis was charged with murder on Wednesday but then acquitted after the families of the two victims said in court that they forgave the CIA contractor and submitted documents attesting to that. Senior Pakistani officials tell TIME that each victim’s family received $700,000 in compensation, for a total of $1.4 million.
What’s further interesting is that this fellow, whose story very much parallels Idema’s, is from Colorado….