(Washington, D.C., Dec. 24, 2020)--B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
We strongly condemn the order made by the Sindh High Court in Pakistan today to release the four men accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. This decision is not only a miscarriage of justice, it is also an insult to the memory of Daniel Pearl and to his family.
Among the four men is the main suspect sentenced for masterminding the murder, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. This follows a decision in April to acquit three other suspects in the case, citing lack of evidence.
Pearl was investigating Islamist militants in Karachi, Pakistan for the Wall Street Journal when he was kidnapped.
We fully support the challenge to the decision made by the government at the Supreme Court and Pearl’s parents’ petition to overturn the decision.
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