ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has dismissed the Sindh government’s appeal against the verdict of Sindh High Court and vindicated the suspect, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, arrested in Daniel Pearl murder case.
A three-member bench of the top court headed by Justice Mushir Alam announced this verdict on Thursday.
Daniel Pearl was an American journalist working with The Wall Street Journal. He was beheaded in Karachi on Feb 1, 2002.
During the previous hearing, the SC had dismissed the petition filed by the Sindh government seeking stay order on the SHC verdict. The court had said that when there was no order to keep the suspects in custody then for what purpose they should give the stay order. “Nobody can be detained for life,” it had added.
The advocate general Sindh said that the intelligence material was present, however they would not be able to prove the case in the court.
This should be noted that the SHC had on April 2, 2020 ordered the release of the three accused named in the murder of the American journalist and commuted the death sentence of one accused Ahmed Omar Sheikh to seven years imprisonment.
Earlier, the special anti-terrorism court had sentenced Ahmed Omar Sheikh to death, while the other three accused were sentenced to life imprisonment.
The Sindh government had challenged the High Court decision in the Supreme Court and the apex court had rejected the provincial government’s plea but the release of accused Omar Sheikh was stayed.