Daniel Pearl killing: Pakistan court frees man accused in beheading of U.S. journalist

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Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the release of a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.

The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh's acquittal by Pearl's family and the Pakistani government.

Sheikh has been on death row since his conviction in the death of Pearl in 2002. His attorney said Sheikh "should not have spent one day in jail."

Attorney Mehmood A. Sheikh, no relation, said the court also ordered the release of three other Pakistanis who had been sentenced to life in prison for their part in Pearl's kidnapping and death.

Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was murdered in Pakistan in 2002. Getty Images / Getty Images, file

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