- The top court accepted appeals of Sindh government for hearing against the acquittal of convicts and instructed the counsel to present the case facts in a sequence
(Karachi) The Supreme Court (SC) has accepted the appeals of Sindh government for hearing against the acquittal of convicts in Daniel Pearl murder case, media reported on Monday.
SC bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, ordered that the accused in Daniel Pearl murder case will not be released till next week. The court also issued notices to the parties on the pleas of acquittal.
The court said that the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) decision of overturning the conviction in Daniel Pearl murder case could not be cancelled over hypothetical arguments.
The top court instructed the Sindh government counsel Farooq H Naek to present the case facts in a sequence adding that the high court decision could not be overturned over hypotheses.
Pakistan's top court on Tuesday postponed for two weeks the much-awaited appeals hearing against the acquittal earlier this year of a British-Pakistani man and three others in the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
According to Faisal Saddiqi, a defense lawyer for the Pearl family, the Supreme Court announced the postponement in the case after the chief prosecutor failed to show up following a death in the family.
American journalist Daniel Pearl disappeared on January 23, 2002 in Karachi. A videotape received by U.S. diplomats in February 2002 confirmed that the 38-year-old journalist was dead.
Authorities later arrested Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a former student at the London School of Economics, and three others who were convicted in July 2002. But in April, a court overturned the murder conviction of Saeed, a British Pakistani national, though it found him guilty of kidnapping Pearl and sentenced him to seven years.
Saeed could go free unless the Supreme Court rules otherwise. He had already spent 18 years in prison on death row and the seven-year sentence for kidnapping was expected to be counted as time served.