The courtroom additionally dismissed an attraction of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh’s acquittal by Pearl’s household and the Pakistani authorities.
Sheikh has been on dying row since his conviction within the dying of Pearl in 2002. His lawyer stated Sheikh “mustn’t have spent at some point in jail.”
Legal professional Mehmood A. Sheikh, no relation, stated the courtroom additionally ordered the discharge of three different Pakistanis who had been sentenced to life in jail for his or her half in Pearl’s kidnapping and dying.
“At the moment’s resolution is a whole travesty of justice and the discharge of those killers places in peril journalists in all places and the folks of Pakistan,” the Pearl household stated in a press release launched by their lawyer, Faisal Siddiqi.
The three-judge Supreme Courtroom dominated 2 to 1 in favor of upholding Sheikh’s acquittal and ordered him launched, stated Siddiqi.
Washington beforehand stated it could demand Sheikh be extradited to the US to be tried there. There was no fast response from the U.S. Embassy to the courtroom order upholding the attraction.
“We urge the U.S. authorities to take all obligatory actions beneath the regulation to right this injustice. We additionally hope that the Pakistani authorities will take all obligatory steps to rectify this travesty of justice,” the Pearl household stated.
Siddiqi, the Pearl household lawyer, stated the one authorized avenue following the courtroom’s resolution upholding Sheikh’s acquittal can be to ask for a evaluate of the courtroom resolution. Nonetheless, he stated the evaluate can be carried out by the identical courtroom that upheld the attraction. “In sensible phrases” there isn’t a additional authorized avenues to pursue in Pakistan, he stated.
Sheikh was convicted of serving to lure Pearl to a gathering within the southern Pakistani port metropolis of Karachi, throughout which he was kidnapped. Pearl had been investigating the hyperlink between Pakistani militants and Richard C. Reid, dubbed the “Shoe Bomber” after making an attempt to explode a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his sneakers.
Pearl disappeared Jan. 23 whereas investigating militant hyperlinks to the so-called shoe bomber. His physique was found in a shallow grave quickly after a ugly video of his beheading was delivered to the U.S. consulate in Karachi.