In 2002 Daniel Pearl, a US journalist for the Wall Street Journal, was abducted in Pakistan and later beheaded by a jihadist group. British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was originally sentenced to death for the kidnapping and killing, has now been told he is free to leave prison.
Judges in Pakistan have overturned the murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, 46, and replaced it with a seven year term for kidnapping US journalist Daniel Pearl in early 2000s, which means he could be freed from jail this week.
Three other men have been found not guilty 18 years after they were first convicted.
In 2002 a trial in Pakistan was told Sheikh was the “mastermind” of the plan to abduct Pearl, who was Jewish, and force him to make a video before killing him.
Prosecutors claimed Saeed lured Pearl into a trap by promising an interview with an imam who he claimed was linked to al-Qaeda*.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is believed to have beheaded Pearl although he has never been charged and remains under detention in Guantanamo Bay.
A three-minute video was later released in which the reporter says to camera: “My name is Daniel Pearl. I’m a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA. I come from, on my father’s side the family is Zionist. My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We’ve made numerous family visits to Israel.”
In the video his masked captors…