The mother and father of murdered US journalist Daniel Pearl have filed an enchantment with Pakistan’s Supreme Court docket to reverse a ruling overturning the convictions of 4 males within the case.
Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded in 2002 whereas investigating Islamist militants in Karachi, Pakistan.
Final month a court docket in Karachi overturned the demise sentence of the person convicted of masterminding the killing, and acquitted three others.
The ruling was extensively condemned.
Pearl was the Wall Road Journal’s Asia bureau chief when he was kidnapped and killed. A graphic video of his killing was despatched to the US consulate a month later.
In a video assertion, his father Judea Pearl mentioned: “We’ve got filed an enchantment of this choice to the Pakistan Supreme Court docket.
“We’re standing up for justice not just for our son, however for all our pricey pals in Pakistan to allow them to reside in a society freed from violence and terror and lift their youngsters in peace and concord.”
Their petition provides to at least one already filed by prosecutors.
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Shortly after their acquittal the 4 males – together with the convicted mastermind Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh – had been re-arrested. They are going to be held for at the very least three months because the appeals play out.
Sheikh’s demise sentence had been decreased to seven years in jail for kidnapping.
The Committee to Defend Journalists voiced its help for the enchantment, and mentioned that releasing the 4 males within the case “would solely add to the threats going through journalists in Pakistan and deepen Pakistan’s status as a haven for terrorists”.
What occurred to Daniel Pearl?
Pearl went lacking in January 2002.
He had been researching hyperlinks between Islamist militant exercise in Karachi and Richard Reid, who tried to explode a passenger aircraft utilizing bombs hidden in his footwear.
In response to prosecutors, Sheikh lured him to a gathering with an Islamic cleric. The 2 had constructed up a relationship discussing issues about their wives, who had been each pregnant on the time.
Nearly a month later, a video displaying the 38 12 months outdated’s beheading was despatched to the US consulate in Karachi.
Pearl’s son, Adam, was born in Could 2002.
Sheikh was convicted of Pearl’s homicide in July 2002 by an anti-terrorism court docket, and has been on demise row since.
Who’s Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh?
Sheikh was born in London in 1973, the place he attended public college earlier than occurring to review on the London College of Economics. He didn’t graduate, failing to return after driving support to conflict-wracked Bosnia after his first 12 months.
He was arrested for involvement within the kidnapping of 4 vacationers – three British and one American – in Delhi in 1994.
Sheikh was launched from jail as a part of calls for by militants who hijacked a aircraft in 1999.
In response to information company Reuters, police in India later accused him of transferring cash to one of many militants who flew a aircraft into the World Commerce Middle on 9/11.
— to www.bbc.com