WH welcomes Davis release, silent on "blood money"

AP News
Posted: Mar 16, 2011 2:15 PM
WH welcomes Davis release, silent on "blood money"

The White House says it welcomes the release by Pakistan of an American CIA contractor accused of shooting and killing two Pakistanis. White House spokesman Jay Carney says he has no information to confirm that more than $2 million in "blood money" was paid to the families of the victims.

Carney said the contractor, Raymond Allen Davis, was pardoned by the families of the victim and in accordance with Pakistani law. The deaths created an international incident and fomented anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. President Obama had insisted on Davis' release.

Asked about comments by lawyers for the victims' families that they were paid by either the U.S. government or the Pakistani government, Carney said: "I don't have any information that would corroborate that."