Pakistan courtroom orders man accused in journalist Daniel Pearl’s dying freed

Pakistan’s Supreme Courtroom on Thursday ordered the discharge of a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted within the ugly beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.

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.

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FILE – On this March 29, 2002 file photograph, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British-Pakistani man accused within the 2002 killing of the American Wall Avenue Journal reporter Daniel Pearl seems on the courtroom in Karachi, Pakistan. In a dramatic flip of occasions, Sheikh, a person convicted and later acquitted within the 2002 homicide of Pearl admitted a “minor” position in his dying, upending 18 years of denials, the Pearl household lawyer stated Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Picture/Zia Mazhar, File)

“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.

FILE - In this April 15, 2007, file photo, Dr. Judea Pearl, father of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002, speaks in Miami Beach, Fla. Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, ordered the release of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh who was convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Sheikh's acquittal by Pearl's family. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

FILE – On this April 15, 2007, file photograph, Dr. Judea Pearl, father of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002, speaks in Miami Seaside, Fla. Pakistan’s Supreme Courtroom on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, ordered the discharge of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh who was convicted and later acquitted within the ugly beheading of American journalist Pearl in 2002. The courtroom additionally dismissed an attraction of Sheikh’s acquittal by Pearl’s household. (AP Picture/Wilfredo Lee, File)

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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.

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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.

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