Pearl murder case: Sindh HC puts off hearing of appeals

Karachi (PTI): A Pakistani court has put off indefinitely the hearing of three appeals, including one by the main accused, in the murder case of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by Islamic militants here following the 9/11 attacks in the US.
The main accused, Ahmed Omar Shaikh, had filed the appeal against his conviction while four co-accused, who were sentenced to life terms on charges of abetment, had also moved a separate plea.
The third appeal was filed by the State, seeking enhancement in the sentence awarded to co-accused Fahad Nasim, Salman Saquib and another.
The appellate bench of the Sindh High Court here discharged the entire remaining board due to a shortage of time.
According to the prosecution, the accused kidnapped Pearl and then beheaded him. The body of the deceased was later recovered from a deserted house in Gulshan-e-Maymar.
The appeals have been pending for more than five years whereas the Anti-Terrorism Act provides for a decision of appeal by a High Court in seven days.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008


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