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BY NATHAN BYRNE



The dollar amounts vary between different media, but multiple reports say the U.S. government has paid the families of victims in the shootings allegedly carried out by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Here’s ABC.

“An Afghan official says the U.S. has paid families of the dead $50,000 each in compensation for each one of those persons who were killed.”

Afghan officials told Washington Post reporters

“U.S. military officials paid $916,000 to the relatives of villagers allegedly shot by a rogue U.S. soldier earlier this month in Kandahar Province … $50,000 for each of the 17 people shot to death and $11,000 for each of the six people wounded in the shootings.”

One CNN correspondent says all the numbers don’t add up.

“ … if you do the math, it looks as if the U.S. has paid for a total of 16 dead … So, we’re trying to figure out why there’s a discrepancy.”

No one is disputing that the families accepted the money. But The Wall Street Journal reports — this announcement comes in contrast to the hard line held by victims’ families, who’ve repeatedly said ...

“ … they will refuse compensation money from the U.S. They said they demand an open trial of Sgt. Bales and any accomplices, and insist on applying the death penalty.”

American officers, local government officials and tribal leaders were present for the private ceremony at the provincial governor’s office Saturday, according to a Sky News report.

In that report, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force would not confirm or deny the payment, but said such restitution would normally be kept confidential.

A BBC reporter adds …

“ … the US normally pays up to $2,500 in compensation for civilians killed by international soldiers, about seven times the average annual income. The exceptional payments in this case reflect the exceptional circumstances of the killings, which were not just mistakes of war … ”  

According to Al Jazeera, U.S. authorities Friday charged Staff Sergeant Robert Bales with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

U.S. Pays 'Blood Money' to Afghan Shooting Victims' Families

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Mar 25, 2012

U.S. Pays 'Blood Money' to Afghan Shooting Victims' Families

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE



The dollar amounts vary between different media, but multiple reports say the U.S. government has paid the families of victims in the shootings allegedly carried out by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Here’s ABC.

“An Afghan official says the U.S. has paid families of the dead $50,000 each in compensation for each one of those persons who were killed.”

Afghan officials told Washington Post reporters

“U.S. military officials paid $916,000 to the relatives of villagers allegedly shot by a rogue U.S. soldier earlier this month in Kandahar Province … $50,000 for each of the 17 people shot to death and $11,000 for each of the six people wounded in the shootings.”

One CNN correspondent says all the numbers don’t add up.

“ … if you do the math, it looks as if the U.S. has paid for a total of 16 dead … So, we’re trying to figure out why there’s a discrepancy.”

No one is disputing that the families accepted the money. But The Wall Street Journal reports — this announcement comes in contrast to the hard line held by victims’ families, who’ve repeatedly said ...

“ … they will refuse compensation money from the U.S. They said they demand an open trial of Sgt. Bales and any accomplices, and insist on applying the death penalty.”

American officers, local government officials and tribal leaders were present for the private ceremony at the provincial governor’s office Saturday, according to a Sky News report.

In that report, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force would not confirm or deny the payment, but said such restitution would normally be kept confidential.

A BBC reporter adds …

“ … the US normally pays up to $2,500 in compensation for civilians killed by international soldiers, about seven times the average annual income. The exceptional payments in this case reflect the exceptional circumstances of the killings, which were not just mistakes of war … ”  

According to Al Jazeera, U.S. authorities Friday charged Staff Sergeant Robert Bales with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

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