Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is seen in this undated file photo. AP
A lawyer for Sheikh said the court also ordered the release of three other Pakistanis who had been sentenced to life in prison for their part in Pearl’s kidnapping and death. Sheikh, who is not related to his client, said. “These people should not have been in prison even for one day,” Mehmood A. Siddiqi, the Pearl family lawyer, had expected it would advance his case. First published on January 28, 2021 / 4:22 AM Sheikh has been on death row since his conviction in Pearl’s death. He warned the government of southern Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, against delaying their release, as it has done in the past with his client, even after being slapped with a contempt charge. to not release them for no good reason whatsoever,” he said. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard Sheikh admit to a minor role in Pearl’s kidnapping – a dramatic turn of events after he had denied any involvement for 18 years. “In practical terms,” that means the case is closed in Pakistan, he said. Still, Siddiqi had previously said winning was an uphill battle because the prosecutor in the original case tried four men — including Sheikh — together, with the same charges against all even though each played a different role. He is currently being held in a Karachi jail, but a three-judge Supreme Court ruled 2 to 1 to uphold Sheikh’s acquittal and ordered him released, said Siddiqi. All four were acquitted in April by the Sindh High Court on the grounds that the initial prosecution’s evidence was insufficient. consulate in Karachi. Pearl’s body was discovered in a shallow grave soon after a gruesome video of his beheading was delivered to the U.S. The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh’s acquittal by Pearl’s family and the Pakistani government. However, he said the review would be conducted by the same court that made that decision. Sheikh long denied any involvement in Pearl’s death, but the Supreme Court on Wednesday heard that he acknowledged writing a letter in 2019 admitting a minor role — raising hopes for some that he might remain behind bars. Getty
The brutality of Pearl’s killing shocked many in 2002, years before the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) regularly began releasing videos of their beheadings of journalists. and Pakistani governments to take action to “correct this injustice.” “Today’s decision is a complete travesty of justice and the release of these killers puts in danger journalists everywhere and the people of Pakistan,” the family’s statement said. Sheikh was convicted of helping lure Pearl to a meeting in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, during which he was kidnapped. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Sheikh would be freed Thursday; the government of the province where he is being held has previously refused to honor such release orders. Washington previously said it would seek Sheikh’s extradition to the United States to be tried there, if the acquittal was upheld. Pearl had been investigating the link between Pakistani militants and Richard C. It’s not clear whether Pakistan would support his extradition or even under what grounds it could go ahead. Embassy to the court order upholding the appeal. The Pearl family urged both the U.S. Siddiqi, the Pearl family lawyer, said the only legal avenue available now is to ask for a review of the court’s decision to uphold Sheikh’s acquittal. The court is expected to release a detailed explanation for Thursday’s decision in the coming days. Top Pakistan court orders release of man once convicted in Daniel Pearl’s brutal murder
Updated on: January 28, 2021 / 7:07 AM
Pakistan to free Daniel Pearl murder suspect
Pakistan to free Daniel Pearl murder suspect
Islamabad — Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the release Thursday of a Pakistani-British man convicted and later acquitted in the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. An autopsy report told of the gruesome details of Pearl’s killing and dismemberment. Reid, dubbed the “shoe bomber” after his attempt to blow up a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes. “I expect the Sindh government will not make a mockery of justice by continuing … The case seems certain to test the new Biden administration’s skill in dealing with Pakistan, considered a key ally in getting peace in neighboring Afghanistan. During the appeal of that acquittal, Siddiqi tried to convince the Supreme Court of Sheikh’s guilt on at least one of the three charges he faced, specifically the kidnapping charge, which also carries the death penalty in Pakistan. There was no immediate reaction from the U.S. Daniel Pearl was held for more than a week by militants before he was beheaded by one of the architects of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. “The Pearl family is in complete shock by the majority decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to acquit and release Ahmed Omer Sheikh and the other accused persons who kidnapped and killed Daniel Pearl,” the Pearl family said in a statement released by their lawyer, Faisal Siddiqi.