No release for man acquitted of Daniel Pearl murder

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Pakistani officials refuse to release the British-born militant convicted of beheading Daniel Pearl in 2002.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pearl went missing in Karachi in 2002 while researching extremism

Pakistan officials are refusing to release the British-born militant found guilty of a US journalist's murder - despite judges throwing out his conviction.

Ahmed Sheikh had his sentence reduced to seven years for kidnapping by judges in Sindh High Court on Thursday.

He had been on death row for the killing of Daniel Pearl since 2002.

Sheikh's lawyers believed he would be free in "days", but Sindh officials ordered three more months' detention.

A Sindh government official said they had concerns that Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three other acquitted men, who were serving life sentences for their roles, may act "against the interest of the country".

The law being used to detain the men…
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