The United States One- handed over a total of $860,000 to the families of those killed or draws blood or injured in Sgt. Robert Bales' shooting rampage: $50,000 for each person killed, and $10,000 for each human being or person wounded. Col. Gary Kolb, spokesperson for NATO's International Security Force, said the money was to help the victims and their families, and not compensation for Bales' actions.
Afghan villagers prays Saturday over the grave of The sixteen victims of a shooting the Panjwai district of Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan spree linked to U.S. soldier Robert Bales.
“The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier that’s Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, above, in southern Afghanistan.” According to the AP,
The sums, much larger than typical payments made by the U.S. to families of civilians killed in military operations in Afghanistan, come as the U.S. tries to mend relations following the killing rampage that has threatened to undermine the international effort here.
The U.S. has paid compensation for the victims of the massacre in southern Afghanistan attributed to a U.S. soldier.
A U.S. official confirms that there have been payments but would not discuss amounts.
It was not immediately clear if the word used to describe the payment had legal significance in Afghanistan, where "blood money" can replace a trial or punishment of a killer.
The Afghan population is still clamoring to have Bales tried in Afghanistan, but military officials have said he will be tried in the U.S. If convicted of the 17 counts of murder he's charged with, Bales could face the death penalty or punishment.