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Relatives of Pak men killed by Davis 'set to leave for US'

The relatives of the two Pakistani men shot and killed by CIA contractor Raymond Davis in January are set to leave the country for the US after agreeing to a "blood money" deal to facilitate the American's release, a source said today.

world Updated: Mar 16, 2011 22:54 IST

The relatives of the two Pakistani men shot and killed by CIA contractor Raymond Davis in January are set to leave the country for the US after agreeing to a "blood money" deal to facilitate the American's release, a source said on Wednesday.

Nineteen relatives of Faizan Haider and Mohammad Faheem, who were gunned down by Davis in Lahore on January 27, had been issued American visas, an official source said.

"They also have been given compensation of over USD 2.3 million," the source said.

Earlier in the day, the relatives of the dead men told a judge that they were willing to accept 'diyat' or compensation under an Islamic law and pardon Davis.

The judge then acquitted Davis and freed him.

"Blood money" is paid to the next of kin of a murder victim as a fine.

Reports said Davis was flown from Lahore to Afghanistan soon after he was freed from Kot Lakhpat Jail.

"Since the victims' families had made it clear to the US Embassy that their lives would be in danger after accepting the blood money, they were issued American visas. Now they will fly to the US in a few days," the official source said.

The relatives of the dead men had shifted out of their homes two days ago, sources said.

The relatives of Haider and Faheem had received compensation from the US, their counsel Raja Irshad said.

The relatives recently hired Irshad in place of another lawyer, Asad Manzoor Butt, who is linked to the Jamaat-e-Islami.

Butt told the media today that he was "detained" outside the courtroom and that his clients were forced to agree to the "blood money" deal.