ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday ordered the Pakistani-British man acquitted of the 2002 ugly beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl off death row and moved to a so-called authorities “protected home.”
Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who has been on death row for 18 years, will probably be below guard and won’t be allowed to depart the protected home, however he’ll have the ability to have his spouse and kids go to him.
“It’s not full freedom. It’s a step towards freedom,” mentioned Sheikh’s father, Ahmad Saeed Sheikh, who attended the listening to.
The Pakistan authorities has been scrambling to maintain Sheikh in jail since a Supreme Courtroom order final Thursday upheld his acquittal within the death of Pearl, triggering outrage by Pearl’s household and the U.S. administration.
In a closing effort to overturn the acquittal, Pakistan’s authorities in addition to the Pearl household have filed an enchantment to the Supreme Courtroom, asking it to evaluation the choice to exonerate Sheikh of Pearl’s murder.
The Pearl household lawyer, Faisal Sheikh, nevertheless, has mentioned that such a evaluation has a slim likelihood of success as a result of the identical Supreme Courtroom judges who ordered Sheikh’s acquittal sit on the evaluation panel.
The U.S. authorities has mentioned that it will search Sheikh’s extradition if his acquittal is upheld. Sheikh has been indicted in the USA on Pearl’s murder in addition to in a 1994 kidnapping of an American citizen in Indian-ruled sector of the divided area of Kashmir. The American was ultimately freed.
Within the government-run protected home, Sheikh will probably be below a 24-hour guard — usually navy personnel — and won’t be allowed to depart the home. Places of such protected homes are often stored secret; Pakistan’s safety institution has a number of such amenities throughout the nation.
Pearl disappeared on Jan. 23, 2002, within the port metropolis of Karachi the place he was investigating hyperlinks between Pakistani militant teams and Richard C. Reid, dubbed the “shoe bomber” after his try to blow up a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his footwear.
The order sending Sheikh to a protected home would appear to be a concession to the federal authorities, in addition to the federal government of southern Sindh province the place Karachi is the capital. The Sindh authorities has refused successive orders to launch Sheikh, even courting contempt costs from decrease courts.