SHC commutes death sentence of main accused in Daniel Pearl murder to 7 years in prisonArchive
The Sindh High Court on Thursday announced its verdict on appeals by the four men convicted in the Daniel Pearl abduction and murder case.
The death sentence of the prime accused Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh was commuted to seven years in prison while the other three suspects, who were earlier handed life sentences, were set free by the court.
Since Sheikh has been in prison for the past 18 years, and his 7-year sentence will counted from the time served.
After hearing arguments and examining the record and proceedings of the case, two-judge SHC bench headed by Justice Mohammad Karim Khan Agha announced the verdict on the appeals filed by the convicts 18 years ago.
The SHC further dismissed an appeal of the state seeking enhancement of life term of three co-accused.
In 2002, an antiterrorism court had sentenced to death Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh and life term to co-accused Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil for the abduction of the slain journalist.
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