Ahmed Omar Sheikh, militant convicted and acquitted of Daniel Pearl murder, to leave prison

Islamabad: A British-born militant sentenced to death for the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl was ordered to be let out of prison Thursday by a Pakistan court in the latest twist to a legal saga spanning nearly two decades.

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The court said, however, that Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh should remain in custody in accommodation similar to that given to prison staff while another appeal is considered.

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Sheikh and three accomplices have been behind bars since 2002 when they were convicted of the kidnapping and murder of Pearl – at the time the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal.

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Since then they have won and lost a series of appeals and counter-appeals in connection with the case, with a top court last year overturning their murder convictions.

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That decision meant they had completed their sentences on the kidnapping charge, and the court in January ordered them to be released.

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They were kept in custody, however, as the provincial and federal governments – as well as Pearl’s family – launched another petition to keep them behind bars.

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On Thursday the court said they should be confined to prison staff accommodation.

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“We are not satisfied with the continuous detention of this person,” Justice Umar Ata Bandial told the court.

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“The detainee Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh shall be accommodated in a government building in which officers of jail reside.”

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Lawyers said Sheikh will likely be transferred from Karachi to Lahore, his ancestral home.

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It was not immediately clear when the judges would make a final ruling on the case proper, or if prosecutors have exhausted all avenues of appeal.

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