An image of Daniel Pearl taken by his captors in 2002.

U.S. ‘Stands Ready to Take Custody’ of Man Convicted in Journalist Daniel Pearl’s Murder

The acting U.S. attorney general said Tuesday the United States “stands ready” to try a militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl whose release was ordered by a Pakistani court. The decision by Sindh High Court to release the accused comes months after it sparked outrage for overturning the murder conviction and death sentence of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, and acquitted three other men connected to the case.

The four are being held under the emergency orders of the local government while an ongoing appeal against their acquittals is heard in the Supreme Court, but defense lawyers argued against their continued detention in the south of the country.

Read more at CBS News

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