The US wants custody of terrorists convicted of the murder of Daniel Pearl
The government plans to take custody of the Pakistani man suspected of beheading journalist Daniel Pearl after he was released from prison by his country’s Supreme Court, acting U.S. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson said this week.
Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, convicted of beheading Pearl in 2002, has long been charged with murder in the United States – and letting him escape justice would be an “affront” to Perle’s family, Wilkinson said.
“The Justice Department reaffirms that the United States is ready to take Sheikh into custody to be tried on the pending charges against him,” Wilkinson said in the statement.
“He must not be allowed to evade justice for his role in Daniel Perle’s kidnapping and murder,” he added.
Sheikh was on the country’s death row following his conviction in 2002, but has retained his innocence in Perle’s abduction and gruesome murder. He was released by the country’s Supreme Court on Thursday, along with three other Pakistani life sentences for murder.
Pearl’s family described the releases as a “travesty of justice” in a statement from their attorney.
“Today’s decision is a total travesty of justice and the release of these killers puts journalists everywhere and the people of Pakistan at risk,” the statement said.
Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded while investigating the so-called “shoe bomber” in Pakistan for the Wall Street Journal.
His killers videotaped the murder and delivered the material to the US consulate in Karachi.
With postal wires