The parents of the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl file petitions in SC against the acquittal of the accused

ISLAMABAD: the parents of the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl filed an appeal in Pakistan The Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday reversed the April 2 decision of the high court that overturned the convictions of four men for the kidnapping and murder of their son in 2002.

Last month, the Sindh high court had overturned the death sentence of, a British-born terrorist who had been convicted of the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Daniel Pearl. Before that, Sheikh had spent time in an India n jail till he was bartered for the 155 hostages on an India n Airlines plane that was hijacked in 1999 from Kathmandu to Kandahar, Afghanistan .

The higher court converted Sheikh's death sentence into a seven-year prison sentence and acquitted his three accomplices who had been sentenced to life in prison by a lower court. Two days after the high court ruling, the police re-arrested the four men by order of the Sindh government, saying they would be held for three months under a law dealing with the maintenance of law and order.

Against the acquittal and release of four accused, two criminal petitions were filed in the SC by lawyer on behalf of Daniel Pearl's parents, Ruth Pearl and Judie Pearl.

"The decision by the Sindh HC to free the men in the murder of Daniel Pearl is a complete miscarriage of justice. It is a defining case for the Pakistan i state and its judicial system, involving freedom of the press, the sanctity of every life, freedom from terror and the manifestation of a welcoming and safe Pakistan to the world. Rarely has any court case embodied and risked such fundamental values," the petition said, according to copies of court documents posted online.

The petition said that the Sindh HC had not noticed that it was a brutal murder as a result of international terrorism and that the principle of the standard of proof, as well as the benefit of the doubt in cases of international terrorism, should be applied taking into account Context that the nature and type of evidence available in such terrorism cases cannot be equated with cases involving non-terrorist crimes.

Pearl, who was the head of the South Asia office, disappeared from Karachi in January 2002. US authorities received video footage of his beheading at the US consulate in Karachi. His body was later found in a militant hideout in the port city.

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