British-born al-Qaeda chief Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and his 3 aides – the primary accused within the abduction and homicide of US journalist Daniel Pearl – will stay in prison for any other 3 months, in keeping with an order issued via Pakistan’s Sindh executive on Wednesday.
The announcement of extending their detention was once made via prosecutors all through a listening to of the Ideally suited Court docket, which was once to come to a decision on Sheikh’s liberate. The apex court docket remaining week barred the federal government from liberating them.
Faisal Siddiqi, the attorney representing Pearl’s circle of relatives, informed the media that the federal government prosecutor, Fiaz Shah, informed the judges he wanted extra time for bureaucracy to organize for the case.
The court docket permitted his argument and adjourned the listening to until October 21.
In April, a two-judge Sindh Top Court docket bench commuted the dying sentence of 46-year-old Sheikh, who was once convicted within the abduction and homicide of Pearl in 2002, to seven years. The court docket additionally acquitted his 3 aides who had been serving existence phrases within the case – virtually twenty years once they had been discovered in charge and jailed.
Two days after the Sindh Top Court docket overturned Sheikh’s conviction, the Sindh executive invoked the Repairs of Public Order to stay the 4 convicts in prison. The Sindh executive filed an attraction within the Ideally suited Court docket in opposition to the prime court docket verdict. Pearl’s folks additionally filed an attraction to the Ideally suited Court docket in opposition to the judgment of the prime court docket to liberate the accused.
Pearl, the 38-year-old South Asia bureau leader for The Wall Boulevard Magazine, was once kidnapped and beheaded whilst he was once in Pakistan investigating a tale in 2002 at the alleged hyperlinks between the rustic’s tough secret agent company ISI and al-Qaeda.