Pakistan: Order to Release Defendant in Death of US Journalist | Voice of America

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of a man convicted and later acquitted for the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.

The court dismissed an appeal by the Pearl family against the acquittal of the British-Pakistani Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh and the government of Pakistan. It was unclear when Sheikh would be released. The government of Sindh province, where he is held, has previously refused to comply with those orders.

“The Pearl family is scandalized by the majority decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to acquit and release Ahmed Omer Sheikh and the others who abducted and killed Daniel Pearl,” the family said in a statement released by their lawyer, Faisal. Siddiqi.

The brutal murder of the journalist of the Wall Street Journal It sparked horror and outrage in 2002, years before the Islamic State group began broadcasting videos of the beheadings of journalists.

Sheikh was convicted of helping to lure Pearl to a meeting in Karachi, southern Pakistan, where he was kidnapped. Pearl was investigating links between Pakistani militiamen and Richard C. Reid, dubbed the “shoe bomber” after his attempt to detonate explosives hidden in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami.

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