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Pakistan’s Supreme Court releases man accused of killing American

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Sheikh has been on demise row since his conviction within the demise of Pearl in 2002. His lawyer stated Sheikh “mustn’t have spent at some point in jail.”

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

The courtroom additionally dismissed an enchantment of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh’s acquittal by Pearl’s household and the Pakistani authorities.

Sheikh has been on demise row since his conviction within the demise of Pearl in 2002. His lawyer stated Sheikh “mustn’t have spent at some point in jail.”

Lawyer 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 demise.

“At this time’s resolution is a whole travesty of justice and the discharge of those killers places at risk journalists all over the place and the individuals 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 USA to be tried there. There was no rapid response from the U.S. Embassy to the courtroom order upholding the enchantment.

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“We urge the U.S. authorities to take all crucial actions underneath the regulation to appropriate this injustice. We additionally hope that the Pakistani authorities will take all crucial 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 could be to ask for a assessment of the courtroom resolution. Nevertheless, he stated the assessment could be performed by the identical courtroom that upheld the enchantment. “In sensible phrases” there is no such thing as 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 grotesque video of his beheading was delivered to the U.S. consulate in Karachi.

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