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  • SC halts launch of prime accused in Daniel Pearl homicide case
  • Final week, the Sindh authorities had filed a assessment petition within the apex court docket towards the acquittal of Omar Sheikh
  • Prime court docket’s order to launch Sheikh sparked international outrage whereas the USA referred to as it “an affront to terrorism victims everywhere”

The Supreme Court docket prolonged on Monday the detention of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the prime accused within the American journalist Daniel Pearl homicide case.

The one-day extension has been granted on the request of the Sindh authorities to assessment the discharge of Sheikh.

On Friday, the Sindh authorities had filed a assessment petition within the apex court docket towards the acquittal of Sheikh.

The highest court docket’s order to launch Sheikh, who had been convicted of masterminding the brutal homicide of Pearl, sparked international outrage whereas the USA referred to as it “an affront to terrorism victims everywhere” and demanded the Pakistani authorities “review its legal options.”

Learn extra: Sindh govt recordsdata assessment petition towards acquittal of Omar Sheikh

The petition, filed by the Sindh prosecutor-general Sindh, additionally requested for an early listening to of the matter.

A 3-member bench of the SC, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the Sindh authorities’s assessment petition.

Sheikh’s lawyer stated that Sheikh is harmless and people concerned within the homicide of Daniel Pearl had been launched. “The wrong man was caught under American pressure. Sheikh passed a law degree from the UK. If he hadn’t been in jail, he would have been a better lawyer than me,” Sheikh’s lawyer argued.

Justice Sajjad Ali Shah requested, “Tell us, when did the detention order of Omar Sheikh end?” 

Learn extra: US ‘concerned’ over SHC ruling in Daniel Pearl case

To this, the lawyer responded that Sheikh’s detention order expired on December 1, 2020.

The attorney-general stated {that a} discover have to be given of the SC choice to the federation. If the choice to launch Omar Sheikh shouldn’t be suspended, it can have severe penalties, he stated.

Justice Shah advised the attorney-general he’s not a celebration within the case. “We have appointed Omar Sheikh’s lawyer to hear the case,” the choose stated.

Justice Bandial questioned why a citizen had been detained. 

The court docket requested the attorney-general for a report of the order sheet to assessment whether or not or to not concern a discover, whereas the attorney-general advised the court docket that no discover had been issued to the federation within the case.

The listening to was adjourned until tomorrow.

SHC upholds SC order overturning conviction of Omar Sheikh

Final week, the apex court docket had upheld the Sindh Excessive Court docket’s (SHC) choice 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.

The court docket order stated that Sheikh together with three accomplices related to the case ought to “be released forthwith,” if there are not any different circumstances towards them.

Learn extra: A timeline of the Daniel Pearl case

In an announcement following the decision, Sindh info minister Nasir Hussain Shah had stated 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.

US ‘outraged’

The administration of President Joe Biden expressed its displeasure over the event and provided to prosecute the accused in the USA.

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.”

Who was Daniel Pearl?

Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Avenue Journal, 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 displaying his decapitation was given to officers.

Learn extra: Omar Sheikh admits minor function in Daniel Pearl’s killing

Sheikh, a British-born extremist who as soon as studied on the London College 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 court docket that Pearl had already been killed days earlier than the ugly video of the journalist’s beheading had been launched.

Pearl’s household on Thursday referred to 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 stated in an announcement.

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