Omar Sheikh, in 2002.


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ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s top rated court acquitted the man convicted in 2002 of orchestrating the kidnapping and killing of Wall Avenue Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

The Supreme Courtroom dismissed on Thursday all fees towards Omar Sheikh, a British citizen who has put in additional than eighteen decades in jail in Pakistan for the crime.

The judges purchased that Mr. Sheikh be introduced from jail quickly, if not desired in any other scenario. However, Pakistani authorities have prevented Mr. Sheikh from going for walks free because a lower court ruled in April that he be introduced.

Daniel Pearl was the Journal’s South Asia bureau chief.


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A attorney for the governing administration, Faiz Shah, said he was upset about Thursday’s end result and said authorities would problem the verdict. He said it remains to be witnessed irrespective of whether Mr. Sheikh would remain in jail in the meantime.

The U.S. governing administration has said it is willing to intervene in the scenario, but it is not very clear how it could do so. Guiding the scenes, U.S. officials say they have been urgent Pakistani authorities to keep Mr. Sheikh in jail. Pakistani ministers voiced worry previous year about the prospect of Mr. Sheikh’s launch.

Mahmood Sheikh, the attorney for Omar Sheikh, said Pakistan’s rules and constitution really do not allow one more region to now set his consumer on demo.

“Our judiciary has shown it is free of any affect, no subject how sturdy that human being or region may be,” he said.

Mr. Pearl, then the Journal’s South Asia bureau chief, was reporting on militant networks in Pakistan in the wake of the September eleven, 2001, attacks when he disappeared in the southern metropolis of Karachi. He was killed times afterwards.

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