A local Pakistani court on Thursday revoked the death sentences and murder convictions of four people. They murdered US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
The men had been in jail for 18 years. The court sentenced them to life imprisonment. Fourth, Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British citizen, was awaiting death.
In Pakistan’s southern province, Sindh, the High Court vacated Sheikh’s murder conviction. The court also sentenced him to seven years in prison for his abduction. His seven-year sentence will now be numbered from time to time. It is unclear whether the court will release the four instantly or not.
Pearl was Wall Street Journal’s South Asia Bureau chief. He was in Karachi when he was reporting about Pakistani extremists and “shoe bomber” Richard Reid when militants kidnapped him.
Amid rising concern over the danger posed by extremist Islamic violence, high-level kidnapping attracted international concentration. The attackers later on filmed his beheading and sent it to Unites States’ officials. It was one of the first propaganda videos target hostages of terrorists. It also supports to motivate other extremists groups to film horrible and abominable acts.
9/11mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammed was under arrest in Pakistan in 2003.
He claimed to kill Pearl. But he gets admission when the police tortured him to death. He was not at all charged with the crime. Central agents supported Muhammad’s confession by comparing the veins of his veins and the veins of an attacker in a video of Pearl’s murder, according to a report from Georgetown University students and the Center for Public Integrity.
Further details about Thursday acquittal were not immediately available, as Pakistan’s judicial system is operating at a limited capacity, owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
More facts of the outbreak could not be immediately available on Thursday because Pakistan’s judicial system is working in imperfect ability due to the outburst of the Coronavirus.