Raymond Davis acted in self-defence: Wife

Rebecca Davis unaware of the amount or the source of the funds used for blood money.

Express March 17, 2011
Raymond Davis acted in self-defence: Wife

Rebecca Davis, Raymond Davis’ wife, on Thursday said she is confident her husband acted in self-defence when he shot and killed two Pakistani men, Faizan Haider and Muhammad Faheem.

She said she was also sure her husband would return to the US but did not know when.

When asked about the blood money, she said that she was unaware of the amount or the source of the funds.

Davis was released by a Sessions Judge Yousuf Aujla yesterday after the families of the victims pardoned Davis in exchange for blood money (Diyat).

Rebecca also claimed to have received letters from Davis, but was not able to speak to him while he was incarcerated.

She said she learned about her husband’s acquittal through phone calls from people who she did not name.

Protests continue

Political party workers and lawyers in several cities of Punjab staged protests against the release of Davis.

A partial court boycott was also observed in central and southern Punjab on the call of the Punjab Bar Council.

Lawyers in Islamabad were also on strike, while the Lahore High Court (LHC) Bar Association passed a resolution against Davis' release.

The association will also observe Black Day on Friday.

Police in Peshawar baton charged and arrested several workers of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf for holding a protest.

In Faisalabad, protesters burnt tyres near the Clock Tower.


Abdur Rahman | 13 years ago | Reply @ F. Robinson: According to the US Law regarding the right of self defense: "When an assailant ceases to be a threat (e.g. by being tackled and restrained, surrendering, or fleeing), the defense of justification will fail if the defending party presses on to attack or to punish beyond imposing physical restraint." Apparently Mr. Davis did not try to disable the prospective threat but rather went for the kill and that too from behind the victims (I will use the word victims because they have not been proven to be assailants, and just because Mr. Davis thought them to be doesn't make them one). I believe according to the US law, this is unnecessary use of force, also there were ample law enforcers around and Mr. Davis did not inform any of them, he did not even bother to communicate with the escort vehicle that was with him the entire time, instead he rather went on to use lethal force in broad daylight. Now lets review the simple truth: Mr. Raymond Davis was using a car with a fake number plate Mr. Davis was possessing an unlicensed weapon Mr. Davis felt threatened by two people who had their back towards him and hence shot both of them in the head and tried to run away from the scene, even though he was in the middle of a busy street with law enforcement agencies around, not to mention he tried to run over a traffic warden when he tried to stop him and his escort vehicle crushed a man to death in trying to follow him. Mr. Robinson it doesn't take rocket science to decipher that the actions of Mr. Davis were not in accordance to self defence and can be proven so in any court of law, anywhere in the world. Being a Pakistani citizen, I feel threatened by the presence of people like Mr. Davis, and since my national security should be equally important, if not more than that of an American citizen at least in my country, I do reserve the right to demand neutralizing threats like Mr. Davis. Mr. Davis should either have been trialed and executed for First degree murder or should have been sent for life imprisonment rather than being treated as a state guest. And that is the simple truth.
sajjad | 13 years ago | Reply @ Blunt, When the Libyan govt paid for the locker B victims, American and other western countries withdrew the sanctions..that too was the BLOOD MONEY
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