The Supreme Court docket, within the detailed verdict of January 28 choice to launch Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, stated the prosecution was unable to offer substantial proof proving the accused killed and kidnapped American journalist Daniel Pearl.
The apex courtroom, on January 28, had rejected the Sindh authorities’s enchantment and ordered the discharge of Sheikh, the prime accused within the 2002 homicide of the American journalist in Karachi.
The provincial authorities had approached the highest courtroom after the Sindh Excessive Court docket had overturned Sheikh’s conviction.
A 3-member SC bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam, together with Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, launched the detailed verdict in the present day, given with a 2-1 majority.
The courtroom, in its ruling, stated the prosecution had introduced a policeman as a taxi driver, and turned him right into a state witness. “Even when a convict in handcuffs admits to a criminal offense, it has no authorized worth,” the judgment stated.
The decision stated the false witness was not proven Pearl’s picture for identification.
Furthermore, the judgment noticed that the deceased journalist’s spouse saved emails containing threats away from the police.It stated the journalist’s life was in peril, nonetheless, his spouse avoided submitting a criticism for 12 days and remained quiet.
“The FIR doesn’t point out threatening emails, nor was Pearl’s spouse questioned,” the judgment famous.
Moreover, the highest courtroom dominated that the accused can’t be recognized within the homicide video and the unique video was intentionally hidden from the police.
Had the unique video clip been discovered, a forensic evaluation would have been carried out because the courtroom can’t depend on video proof with out it, the SC dominated.
The courtroom remarked the prosecution had didn’t show the allegation that Sheikh had killed Pearl and the journalist’s household’s non-cooperation with the authorities within the investigation led to flaws within the investigation.
“It’s the courtroom’s job to focus on flaws within the investigation, not appropriate them,” the three-member bench stated within the verdict.
“There have been doubts within the model of occasions introduced by the prosecution […] the defendants are being launched because the prosecution was unable to offer stable proof,” it stated.
In the meantime, Justice Yahya Afridi wrote a dissenting observe within the detailed verdict, saying Sheikh was the final individual to be seen with the journalist, and the proof proves it.
“The prosecution’s proof towards Ahmed Omar Sheikh […] in Daniel Pearl homicide case was enough,” the decide stated.