Pakistan archives review petition against acquittal of main defendants in the Daniel Pearl assassination

ISLAMABAD: Within 24 hours of the Supreme Court ruling acquitting the main defendant in the Daniel Pearl murder case, the Sindh government on Friday filed a petition requesting review of the short order.

The Supreme Court ruling to release Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been convicted of masterminding the brutal murder of Pearl, sparked global outrage, while the US called it “a violation of terrorism everywhere” and demanded that the Pakistani government “review its legal options . “

The petition filed by the prosecution Sindh also requested an early hearing of the case.

“To be disturbed and dissatisfied with the judgment of the full bench of this Honorable Court of Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Yahya Afridi (the latter partially disagree) in Criminal Appeal No. 601 of 2020 dated 28.01.21, the petitioner submits the immediate criminal review Petition for permission to appeal on questions of law, facts and grounds, ”the petition states.

It called on the court to review its sentence and reinstate their sentences as there were certain loopholes in short order.

PG also tried for a week to submit several documents in the case.

On Thursday, the apex court had upheld the Sindh High Courts’ (SHC) ruling overturning the Sheikh verdict in the 2002 incident that took place in Karachi.

A three-man bench in SC led by Justice Mushir Alam announced the verdict with a 2-1 majority.

The court order said Sheikh, along with three accomplices associated with the case, should be “released immediately” if there are no other cases against them.

In a statement after the verdict, Sindh’s Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah had said the provincial government “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.

USA ‘upset’

The administration of President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed its dissatisfaction with the development and offered to prosecute the accused in the United States.

The White House is “outraged by the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision”, Chief Justice Jen Psaki told reporters, calling the verdict “a violation of terrorism everywhere” and urging the Pakistani government “to review its legal options.”

Pearl, South Asia’s head of the Wall Street Journal, investigated a story about militants when he was abducted in Karachi in January 2002.

Nearly a month later, after a series of ransom demands, officials were given a graphic video showing his beheading.

Sheikh, a British-born extremist who once studied at the London School of Economics and had been involved in previous kidnappings of foreigners, was arrested days after Perl’s abduction.

He was later sentenced to death by hanging after telling a court in Karachi that Pearl had already been killed days before the gruesome video of the journalist’s beheading was released.

Perle’s family on Thursday called the decision to acquit him “a justice” and asked for US intervention in the case.

“The release of these killers is putting journalists everywhere and the people of Pakistan at risk. We urge the US Government to take all necessary action under the law to rectify this injustice,” the family said in a statement.

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