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Pakistan court commutes death sentence of main accused in Daniel Pearl murder case to 7 years

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Pakistan court commutes death sentence of main accused in Daniel Pearl murder case to 7 years

IBNS | @indiablooms | 02 Apr 2020, 03:23 pm

Islamabad/IBNS: A Pakistan court on Thursday commuted the death sentence of militant Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh, who was convicted 18 years ago for abducting and murdering the South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, to seven years, media reports said.

The verdict was passed by a two-judge bench- headed by Justice Mohammad Karim Khan Agha- of the Sindh High Court.

Since the prime accused Sheikh has been in prison for the last 18 years, he is expected to be released while three other convicts, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil, who were earlier handed over life sentence.

The court has rejected the state's plea seeking an enhancement of the three accused's life imprisonment.

An anti-terrorism court in 2002 had convicted Sheikh and the three others for abducting and murdering the 38-year old bureau chief who was researching a story on the religious extremism in Pakistan's Karachi.

A report released by the Pearl Project at Georgetown University after a probe into the murder of Pearl had said wrong men were convicted for the crime, NDTV reported.

The investigation had revealed Pearl was murdered not by Sheikh but by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of 9/11 attack in the United States.

Mohammad has been held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay detention camp under the charges of terrorism.

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Pakistan court commutes death sentence of main accused in Daniel Pearl murder case to 7 years

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