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Daniel Pearl homicide: Biden administration ‘outraged’ over acquittal of Omar Sheikh by Supreme Court docket

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  • The White Home says the ruling is “an affront to terrorism victims everywhere”.
  • The Sindh authorities has introduced that it’s going to file a evaluation petition in opposition to the Supreme Court docket’s resolution.
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the US is ready to prosecute in the USA.

WASHINGTON: The administration of President Joe Biden Thursday was “outraged” over the acquittal of prime accused in Danel Pearl homicide by the Supreme of Pakistan.

The White Home is “outraged by the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision,” chief spokeswoman Jen Psaki advised reporters, calling the ruling “an affront to terrorism victims everywhere” and demanded the Pakistani authorities “review its legal options.”

The authorities in Pakistan have already introduced that they’ll file the evaluation petition within the apex courtroom in opposition to the decision.

The White Home assertion got here after Supreme Court docket upheld the acquittal of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been convicted of masterminding the brutal homicide of Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Road Journal, by spiritual extremists in 2002.

Pearl’s killing — which was filmed — brought on worldwide shock and outrage.

Learn extra: Omar Shiekh admits position in homicide of Daniel Pearl

“The court has come out to say that there is no offense that he (Sheikh) has committed in this case,” Mahmood Sheikh, who represented the accused, advised AFP.

A courtroom order mentioned that Sheikh together with three accomplices related to the case ought to “be released forthwith,” although it was not clear when that might occur.

Pearl was researching a narrative about militants when he was kidnapped in Karachi in January 2002.

Almost a month later, after a string of ransom calls for, a graphic video exhibiting his decapitation was given to officers.

Sheikh, a British-born extremist who as soon as studied on the London Faculty of Economics and had been concerned in earlier kidnappings of foreigners, was arrested days after Pearl’s abduction.

He was later sentenced to demise by hanging after telling a Karachi courtroom that Pearl had already been killed days earlier than the ugly video of the journalist’s beheading had been launched.

Learn extra: A timeline of the Daniel Pearl case

Pearl’s household on Thursday known as the choice to free him “a travesty of justice” and pleaded for US intervention within the case.

“The release of these killers puts in danger journalists everywhere and the people of Pakistan. We urge the US government to take all necessary actions under the law to correct this injustice,” the household mentioned in a press release.

Overview petition

In the meantime, the Sindh authorities has introduced that it’s going to file a evaluation petition in opposition to the Supreme Court docket’s resolution.

The provincial authorities had approached the highest courtroom in opposition to an order of the Sindh Excessive Court docket (SHC) overturning the conviction of Sheikh within the 2002 incident that occurred in Karachi.

A 3-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Mushir Alam introduced the decision with a 2-1 majority.

In a press release following the decision, Sindh data minister Nasir Hussain Shah mentioned that the provincial authorities “has decided to go for a review on the orders of the Supreme Court”.

“Omar Sheikh has admitted his involvement in the Daniel Pearl murder case,” he added.

In the meantime, a spokesperson for the Lawyer-Basic for Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan mentioned that the federal authorities is involved with the Sindh authorities over the matter.

He acknowledged {that a} evaluation petition can be filed, asking the Supreme Court docket to rescind the discharge orders of Sheikh and his associates.

“The federal government will provide the provincial government with every possible legal assistance in the matter,” the spokesperson added.

It’s not clear how lengthy it is going to take for the petition to be filed.

US able to prosecute

In a separate assertion, Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned the US is ready to prosecute in the USA the person acquitted by prime courtroom of the homicide of American journalist.

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