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Daniel Pearl homicide case: Supreme Court docket orders speedy removing of Omar Sheikh from loss of life cell

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  • Supreme Court docket orders prime accused in Daniel Pearl homicide case be shifted to a authorities relaxation home
  • SC had halted launch of prime accused in Daniel Pearl homicide case a day earlier
  • Final week, the Sindh authorities had filed a evaluate petition within the apex courtroom in opposition to the acquittal of Omar Sheikh

The Supreme Court docket has ordered the speedy removing of Ahmed Omar Sheikh, accused within the homicide case of American journalist Daniel Pearl, from the loss of life cell.

A day earlier, the apex courtroom had prolonged the detention of Sheikh by sooner or later on the request of the Sindh authorities to evaluate his launch.

On Tuesday, a three-member bench of the SC, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial resumed listening to the Sindh authorities’s evaluate petition.

In the course of the proceedings, the attorney-general informed the courtroom that Sheikh just isn’t an peculiar accused, however a mastermind of terrorists and that he’ll disappear if launched.

Learn extra: Daniel Pearl homicide case: Pakistan prime courtroom stops launch of Omar Sheikh

Justice Munib Akhtar mentioned the sacrifices of the armed forces usually are not denied, however the courtroom is sure by the Structure.

Justice Bandial remarked that Sheikh was accused of kidnapping Pearl. He requested the attorney-general whether or not it had been proved that Sheikh was concerned in terrorist actions.

The attorney-general argued that the federation has the ability to detain harmful criminals, to which Justice Sajjad Ali Shah mentioned that Sheikh had already been illegally detained for a month. 

“The court cannot legalise your illegal actions,” Justice Shah informed the attorney-general.

Justice Akhtar mentioned it was not the darkish ages that an accused ought to stay in jail even after 18 years, whereas Justice Shah mentioned that the face of the physique was not seen within the video of Daniel Pearl’s homicide.

The courtroom then ordered speedy removing of Sheikh from the loss of life cell and mentioned he ought to be shifted to the final barracks for 2 days. After this, Sheikh ought to be shifted to a authorities relaxation home by Friday underneath tight safety, the place his household will be capable of go to from 8am to 5pm.

Learn extra: Sindh govt information evaluate petition in opposition to acquittal of Omar Sheikh

Sheikh is not going to have entry to a cell phone or web, the SC ordered. The federal government pays for his household’s lodging and transport.

The listening to was adjourned indefinitely.

Omar Sheikh is harmless: lawyer

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

Throughout Monday’s listening to, Sheikh’s lawyer mentioned 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?”

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

The attorney-general mentioned {that a} discover have to be given of the SC resolution to the federation. If the choice to launch Omar Sheikh just isn’t suspended, it should have severe penalties, he mentioned.

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

Justice Bandial questioned why a citizen had been detained.

The courtroom requested the attorney-general for a report of the order sheet to evaluate whether or not or to not situation a discover, whereas the attorney-general informed the courtroom that no discover had been issued to the federation within the case.

SHC upholds SC order overturning conviction of Omar Sheikh

Final week, the apex courtroom had upheld the Sindh Excessive Court docket’s (SHC) resolution 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 courtroom order mentioned that Sheikh together with three accomplices related to the case ought to “be released forthwith,” if there are not any different circumstances in opposition to them.

Learn extra: A timeline of the Daniel Pearl case

In a press release following the decision, Sindh data minister Nasir Hussain Shah had 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.

US ‘outraged’

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

The White Home is “outraged by the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision,” chief spokeswoman Jen Psaki informed 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 Road 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.

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 loss of life by hanging after telling a Karachi courtroom that Pearl had already been killed days earlier than the grotesque video of the journalist’s beheading had been launched.

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.

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