SC adjourns hearing of Daniel Pearl murder case till tomorrow

SC adjourns hearing of Daniel Pearl murder case till tomorrow

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Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard an appeal of the Sindh government in Daniel Pearl murder case.

The three benches, led by Judge Mushir Alam, heard the appeals of the Sindh Provincial Government and the parents of the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, against the Sindh High Court on April 2. The verdict was contested, and the verdict overturned the verdict of the four criminals in the case.

Judge Mushir Alam asked if the email sending the ransom had been verified and its geofencing occurred? Farooq H. Naik, a lawyer for the Sindh Provincial Government, said: “E-mail cannot be authenticated, and geo-fencing technology did not exist in 2002.”

“The phone call could be traced,” Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, another member of the bench, remarked.

“When the email was not verified, how can be said that it was sent by the abductors,” the court questioned.

“It is unfortunate that the wife of the slain journalist didn’t join the investigation,” Justice Masood remarked. “The investigation officials should have summoned wife of Daniel Pearl to get the email confirmed,” the bench further remarked.

“It has been proved that Daniel Pearl was coaxed to be kidnapped,” Sindh’s counsel Naik said.

“He was persuaded or he himself went, it has not been proved,” Justice Tariq Masood remarked.

The bench was adjourned to Thursday (tomorrow) for further trial of the case.

In an earlier hearing Farooq Naik said that four accused including Ahmed Omer Saeed were arrested, while seven others were at large.

Naike said that the defendant planned the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl in a hotel in Rawalpindi. The lawyer further said: “They sent an email to the victim’s wife after the kidnapping and demanded a ransom.”

The Sindh lawyer said that the defendant Daniel Pearl failed to meet their demands. They also posted videos of massacres that caused fear and harassment in public places.

Four convicts in the murder case, British national Ahmed Omer Saeed, co-accused Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil had moved the SHC in 2002 challenging their convictions handed down by the Hyderabad Anti-Terrorism Court after finding them guilty of abducting and killing American Journalist Pearl.

The 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Pearl, was researching a story on religious extremists, in January 2002 in Karachi when he was abducted and slain.

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