January 20, 2011 by staff
Daniel Pearl, (UKPA) – Four men, including a British national who was imprisoned for killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was not present during her beheading but had been convicted of murder because the Pakistani authorities informed case was based on perjured testimony and ignored other leads, a report has concluded.
The results of Project Pearl, a survey conducted by a team of American journalists and students that lasted more than three years, raise questions about the criminal justice system of Pakistan and to highlight the limits of U.S. officials face s’ pressing the Pakistani authorities.
According to the survey, the four men convicted of the assassination have helped remove the American journalist. But he said forensic evidence known as “vein-matching” strengthens the faith of al-Qaida No. 3 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks profession in the United States for killing M. Pearl.
The report says at least 14 of 27 people involved in the abduction and murder of Mr. Pearl in 2002 are thought to remain free. The four who were convicted could be released if their appeal is heard because of conflicting and false testimony used in their trial, he added.
Mr. Pearl, 38, was abducted in Karachi on January 23, 2002, while researching a story on Islamic militancy after Sept. 11.
On February 21, 2002, shocking a video of his murder was delivered to U.S. authorities in Pakistan. His remains were found in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Karachi three months later.
A few months after his disappearance, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a Londoner of the heritage of Pakistan, and three accomplices were caught, charged and convicted of murder and kidnapping.
Sheikh, called the removal of brain, was sentenced to death in July 2002. The other three were given life, which usually means 25 years in Pakistan.
Since then, the calls of the men went nowhere in the courts, despite dozens of hearings. Both the defense and prosecution blamed each other for delaying tactics and it is assumed that the sheikh is constantly protected, possibly by Pakistani intelligence.
Vein matching is not considered as reliable as fingerprints, but the CIA and FBI use it at times to identify suspects, the report said. This is “to extract information from the vascular structure of a hand or a finger and turning it into a mathematical quantity.
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