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Daniel Pearl case: SC turns down plea against acquittal of accused

Daniel Pearl case: SC turns down plea against acquittal of accused
November 25, 2020

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, once rejected a plea to suspend the Sindh High Court (SHC) April 02 verdict of acquitting four convicts in the high-profile case.

The court was hearing appeals filed by the Sindh government and the family of the slain US journalist challenging the SHC verdict.

Justice Mushir Alam noted that the lawyer representing Pearl’s parents couldn’t appear due to personal engagements.

A counsel for the accused persons, opposing the plea to suspend the verdict regarding their release, contended that his clients had been in jail for the past 19 years. They had been illegally detained despite the SHC verdict acquitting them, he added.

The Sindh government’s lawyer said the provincial government will have to face difficulty if the SHC verdict is not suspended. At this, Justice Mushir Alam remarked the appeals were pending disposal for a long time. What will happen now if nothing has happened before, he said.

While rejecting the plea against release of the accused, the apex court adjourned the hearing till first week of December.