Pakistan’s Supreme Court dismissed an appeal against the acquittal of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh who was charged with murder for the beheading of US journalist Daniel Pearl.
“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,” reacted the Pearl family.
Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal in 2002 when he was abducted in Karachi and was beheaded.
The abductors filmed Pearl’s beheading and sent it to United States officials.
According to investigation records, Sheikh lured Pearl to a meeting in the southern port city of Karachi while the latter was investigating the link between militants and Richard C. Reid the “Shoe Bomber.”
Despite admitting that he had actually helped with the abduction after 18 years of denying any involvement, Sheikh’s conviction was still overturned and reduced his conviction to a lesser charge of kidnap.
The court also ordered that three other suspects who were sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in the abduction and beheading should also be freed.
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