ISLAMABAD: Pakistan‘s Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a series of appeals against the acquittal of the British-born militant convicted of masterminding the kidnap and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl, paving the way for his release.
“The court has come out to say that there is no offense that he has committed in this case,” Mahmood Sheikh, who represented Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, said.
The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh’s acquittal by Pearl’s family.
Sheikh has been on death row since his conviction in the death of Pearl in 2002. Sheikh’s attorney said Sheikh “should not have spent one day in jail.”
“Today’s decision is a complete travesty of justice and the release of these killers puts in danger journalists everywhere and the people of Pakistan,” the Pearl family said in a statement released by their lawyer.