Pakistan’s Supreme Court 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 “safe house.”
Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who has been on death row for 18 years will likely be below guard and will not be allowed to depart the protected home, however he’ll be capable to have his spouse and kids go to him.
“It shouldn’t be full freedom. It is a step towards freedom,” mentioned Sheikh’s father, Saeed Sheikh, who attended the listening to.
The Pakistan authorities has been scrambling to maintain Sheikh in jail since a Supreme Court order final Thursday upheld his acquittal within the death of Pearl producing expressions of outrage by Pearl’s household and the U.S. administration.
In a last effort to overturn Sheikh’s acquittal, Pakistan authorities in addition to the Pearl household have filed an enchantment to the Supreme Court to assessment the choice to exonerate Sheikh of Pearl’s murder.
The Pearl household lawyer, Faisal Sheikh, earlier mentioned a assessment has a slim probability of success as a result of the identical Supreme Court judges who ordered Sheikh’s acquittal sit on the assessment panel.
the U.S. authorities has mentioned that it might search Sheikh’s extradition if his acquittal is upheld. Sheikh has been indicted within the United States on Pearl’s murder in addition to in a 1994 kidnapping of an American citizen in Indian-ruled Kashmir. The American was finally freed.