Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, previously convicted of beheading Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a decision that has left his family in “complete shock”, lawyers said.
The Supreme Court had earlier ruled Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh should remain in custody while the hearing of an appeal against his acquittal in the Wall Street Journal reporter's murder is ongoing.
A Pakistani court sparked US outrage on Thursday after it overturned the death sentence of British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, as well as the convictions of three alleged accomplices in the 2002 murder.
Pearl, 38, was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted and beheaded in Karachi in 2002 while researching a story about militants.
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