Islamist convicted of beheading U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl to go free, victim’s family in ‘shock’ : worldnews


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KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – The Pakistani Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of an Islamist convicted of beheading US journalist Daniel Pearl. This decision left his family "in shock," lawyers said.

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was the prime suspect in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl, was released by a jury of three judges.

"They acquitted all of the accused by a two-to-one majority and ordered their release," a provincial attorney general Salman Talibuddin told Reuters.

It was not immediately clear whether "acquittal" meant a determination of not guilt or that they had simply finished their prison term.

Sheikh has spent 18 years in prison and a life sentence is normally no longer than 14 years.

38-year-old Pearl was investigating Islamic militants in Karachi after the 9/11 attacks on the United States when he was kidnapped.

His case made headlines around the world after a video of his beheading appeared weeks after he was abducted.

The Sheikh and three co-defendants are to be released if they are not needed in any other case, said judicial panel head, Justice Mushir Alam.

The approval process can take several days.

A Supreme Court last year changed the British-born sheikh's death sentence to life imprisonment and acquitted his three co-defendants on the grounds of lack of evidence. The acquittals were challenged.



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Prime minister of Ireland apologized to thousands of victims who faced widespread abuse and death at institutions for unwed mothers and their children. Government-commissioned report revealed some 9,000 children died in country’s so-called mother and baby homes over several decades. : worldnews


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A government-commissioned report found that around 9,000 children died in the country's so-called maternity and baby homes over several decades. This is a far higher death rate than the rest of the population.

"Speaking in the Dail, the lower house of the Irish Parliament, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said:" On behalf of the government, the state and its citizens, I apologize for the profound generational mistake that Irish mothers and their children who have landed in Ireland have visited Mother and baby home or a district home.

There were around 56,000 unmarried mothers and around 57,000 children in the maternity and baby homes examined by the commission.


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