Pakistan orders release of man who killed WSJ reporter Pearl
Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the release Thursday of a Pakistani-British man convicted and later acquitted in the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, reports Kathy Gannon of the Associated Press.
Gannon reports, “The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh’s acquittal filed by Pearl’s family and the Pakistani government.
“A minister in the Sindh province where Sheikh is being held said the government had exhausted all options to keep him locked up — an indication that Sheikh could be free within days. The ‘Supreme Court is the court of last resort,’ Murtaza Wahab, Sindh’s law minister, told The Associated Press.
“‘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.”
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