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Daniel Pearl killers: tussle between judiciary and government


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Mar 4, 2017
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Pakistani authorities renewed the detention orders Thursday for four men whose convictions in the kidnapping and killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl had been overturned, meaning they will remain jailed at least three more months, an official said.

A Karachi court sparked outrage in April when it acquitted British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three other men convicted in Pearl’s 2002 kidnapping and beheading. The men were kept in custody following their acquittals, under a law allowing authorities to detain high-profile militants for three months.
Daniel Pearl killers to remain detained
“We have received orders from the (provincial) government for them to be detained for a further three months,” a prisons official in Karachi’s Sindh province told AFP on condition of anonymity. Pakistan’s supreme court is expected to hear an appeal of the acquittal cases in September.
In an unexpected development, which goes against the grain of recent decisions, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday refused to suspend the acquittal of four men in the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The Acquittal of Daniel Pearl’s murderers by the Sindh High Court was upheld by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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A three-judge panel turned down the plea while hearing the appeals filed by the government and Pearl’s parents challenging the acquittal of the previously convicted men by the high court, local broadcaster Geo News reported.

What happened to Daniel Pearl?
Pearl, 38, was South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted in Karachi in January 2002 while researching a story about Islamist militants.

His dismembered body was found on the northern outskirts of Karachi four months after his disappearance.

British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil were found guilty of abducting and beheading Pearl in Pakistan.

A graphic video showing his decapitation was delivered to the US consulate in the city nearly a month later. Observers at the time said the killers were acting out of revenge for Pakistan’s support of the US-led invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan.
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Daniel Pearl killers: tussle between judiciary and government

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