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Suspect in Daniel Pearl case released

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HYDERABAD: One of the suspects of involved in American journalist Daniel Pearl’s murder case was set free by the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Hyderabad on Friday.

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Detained in 2008, Syed Hashim was one of the alleged suspects involved in abducting and murdering Pearl.

Newly-posted president officer of ATC Abdul Ghafoor Memon buried the case citing lack of evidence.

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Meanwhile, Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi on January 23, 2002.

A special anti-terrorism court had announced death sentence to the mastermind, Ahmad Omer Sheikh, while the co-accused, Salman Saqib, Fahad Naseem and Sheikh Adil, were given life imprisonment in 2002, after they were discovered guilty of abducting and beheading the foreign journalist.

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