Pakistan court orders release of militant man accused of murdering US journalist 18 years ago

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Pakistan court orders release of militant man accused of murdering US journalist 18 years ago

A Pakistani court has ordered the release of the British-born militant, Omar Sheikh who was accused of killing an American journalist, Daniel Pearl in 2002.

 

Omar Sheikh was acquitted of Daniel Pearl’s murder earlier this year but had remained in jail after an appeal against that decision began.

 

The Sindh High Court in Karachi on Thursday, December 24, 2020, ruled that Sheikh’s temporary jail time was illegal and he should released within the next 24 hours.

The story of the abduction and gruesome beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl (pictured below) in the southern city of Karachi, Pakistan in 2012 prompted shock and outrage.

 

Pakistan court orders release of militant man accused of murdering US journalist 18 years ago

 

Pearl, who was the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau chief, went missing in January 2002.

 

He had been researching links between Islamist militant activity in Karachi and Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a passenger plane using bombs hidden in his shoes.

 

Prosecutors accused Mr Sheikh of luring him to a meeting with…



Source: Linda Ikeji