US Official Involved In Fatal Crash Paid ‘Blood Money’ To Leave Pakistan: Reports


An American defence attaché involved in a fatal road accident in Islamabad was allowed to leave Pakistan after the US embassy concluded a ‘diyat’ or blood money deal with the victim’s family, according to media reports on Tuesday.

The family of the man who died when his motorcycle was hit by the US diplomat’s SUV will be paid blood money in exchange for not pursuing the matter in court, the Urdu daily Jang quoted its sources as saying.

The amount will be paid by the US embassy. However, the exact amount and when it will be paid was not known, the report said.

The Express Tribune too reported on its website that the US military attaché, Col Joseph Emanuel Hall, was allowed to leave Pakistan on a special flight on Monday after a settlement was reached.

On April 7, Hall’s SUV jumped a red light and rammed into a motorcycle, killing 22-year-old Ateeq Baig. He was let go by police after the accident as he had diplomatic immunity. Read More…

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