Pakistan court orders release of man charged over Daniel Pearl murder

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the key suspect in US journalist’s 2002 killing, was acquitted earlier this year

A court in Pakistan has ordered that a British-born Islamist militant charged with the 2002 kidnapping and murder of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl be freed, his defence lawyer has said.

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death in 2002 for masterminding Pearl’s murder but the conviction was overturned earlier this year. He has been in jail ever since awaiting the outcome of a series of appeals and legal arguments.

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