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Lawyer seeks to free man acquitted in Daniel Pearl’s killing

ISLAMABAD (AP) – The lawyer for a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl mentioned Wednesday that he’ll petition the Supreme Court to free his consumer.

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the important thing suspect in Pearl’s slaying, stays in custody in a ja-il in the southern port metropolis of Karachi, regardless of the acquittal. Pearl’s household and the Pakistani authorities have appealed the acquittal to the Supreme Court, which resumed its listening to this week. A call is anticipated earlier than the top of the month.

Sheikh’s lawyer, Mehmood A. Sheikh, has been making an attempt to get his consumer, who has been on dea-th row for 18 years, freed for the reason that acquittal.

The lawyer advised The Associated Press he was demanding freedom for Sheikh in line with an order issued final month by the Sindh High Court. The lawyer, who isn’t associated to Sheikh, mentioned he additionally desires three different co-accused suspects freed. Their lesser expenses of aiding and abetting have been additionally overturned.

Last month, the U.S. warned it received’t permit Sheikh to escape justice Acting US. Attorney General Jeffery Rosen praised Pakistan for interesting the Sindh courtroom’s order however mentioned that if “those efforts do not succeed, the United States stands ready to take custody of Omar Sheikh to stand trial” in America.

The Pearl household lawyer, Faisal Siddiqi, mentioned he’ll oppose the petition, including he was assured Sheikh wouldn’t be freed.

“He will not be released,” mentioned Siddiqi. “Omar Sheikh’s lawyer’s request has twice been denied.”

Sheikh was convicted of serving to lure Pearl to a gathering in Karachi, throughout which he was kidnapped. Pearl was investigating the hyperlink between Pakistani militants and Richard C. Reid, dubbed the “Shoe bom-ber” after making an attempt to blow up a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his footwear.

A ugly video of Pearl’s beheading was despatched to the U.S. Consulate. The 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter from Encino, California was kidnapped Jan. 23, 2002. His physique was later discovered in a shallow grave in a southern Karachi neighborhood.

Sheikh was sentenced to dea-th and the others to life in pri-son for his or her position in the plot. The acquittal had surprised the U.S. authorities, Pearl’s household and journalism advocacy teams.

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