KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) revealed its decision today on the appeals submitted by 4 convicts in the Daniel Pearl case, acquitting three while transforming the death sentence of prime implicated Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh’s death sentence into a seven-year jail term.
A two-judge SHC bench, headed by Justice Mohammad Karim Khan Agha, had actually scheduled the judgment last month on the appeals, submitted in 2002 and were pending since, and an appeal of the state, looking for improvement of the sentence, after hearing arguments and taking a look at the record and procedures of the case.
Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was abducted in January 2002 in Karachi and beheaded the next month, apparently by Al-Qaeda. His murder sent out shock waves throughout the world and was covered thoroughly in the Western media.
Following the hearings, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Hyderabad had actually sentenced to death prime implicated Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh, a British national and typically called Shaikh Omar, and life term to co-accused Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil for the kidnapping of the killed reporter.
Nevertheless, all 4 convicts had actually moved the SHC in 2002 challenging their convictions.
Today, the SHC ruled that none of the implicated have actually been shown as killers of the killed reporter while Ahmed Omer Saeed was founded guilty of kidnapping the deceased.