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On this file taken on March 29, 2002, police escort British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh out of a court docket in Karachi.

The Sindh authorities’s plea for assessment of the Supreme Courtroom’s choice to acquit Omar Sheikh, the person convicted for the brutal kidnap and homicide of US journalist Daniel Pearl, has been fastened for listening to.

Courtroom proceedings will probably be held on February 1 by a three-member bench.

Sheikh was acquitted and his launched ordered by the Supreme Courtroom on Thursday, after a three-member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam introduced the decision with a 2-1 majority.

Opinion: Why was Omar Sheikh acquitted?

The Supreme Courtroom, in its choice, upheld the decision of the Sindh Excessive Courtroom which had additionally ordered his launch. The Sindh authorities had then appealed the Sindh Excessive Courtroom’s choice on the prime court docket, the choice for which was introduced on Thursday.

A timeline of the Daniel Pearl case

Sindh govt’s petition

Following orders by the SC for Sheikh’s fast launch, the Sindh authorities stated that it’ll file a assessment petition.

The petition, filed on Friday by the prosecutor common Sindh, additionally requested for an early listening to of the matter.

Sindh govt information assessment petition towards acquittal of Omar Sheikh

“Being aggrieved of and dissatisfied with the judgement of the Full Bench of this Hon’ble Court Comprising Mr Justice Mushir Alam, Mr Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Mr Justice Yahya Afridi (the latter partly dissenting) in Criminal Appeal No.601 of 2020 dated 28.01.21, the petitioner files the instant Criminal Review Petition for Leave to Appeal on questions of law, facts and ground,” the petition acknowledged.

It pleaded the court docket to assessment its verdict and reinstate their sentences as there have been sure loopholes within the quick order.

The PG additionally sought one week to submit extra paperwork within the case.

US ‘outraged’

The administration of President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed its displeasure over the acquittal and supplied to prosecute the accused in the USA.

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.”

Moreover, the newly appointed US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken as we speak talked to Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and urged him to “ensure accountability” within the Daniel Pearl homicide case.

Secretary Blinken urges Pakistan to ‘ensure accountability’ in Daniel Pearl’s homicide

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 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 dying by hanging after telling a Karachi court docket 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 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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