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Arrests Announced in 2002 Daniel Pearl Murder

This report out of Karachi, Pakistan. Two arrests have been made in the 2002 case of murdered British WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl. Pearl's kidnapping and subsequent murder-by-beheading captured the attention of the world for some time.

Pearl was kidnapped in January, 2002 while investigating Richard Reid, the British shoe bomber who was sentenced to life ++ for his intention and attempt to detonate a commercial airliner using explosives hidden in his shoes.

Pearl's kidnappers are apparently British as well. Conspiracy theorists will have a field day with this, no doubt -- a British reporter investigating a British terrorist, is kidnapped and murdered by two British terrorists...

Here's the news blurb - from Qatar's english-speaking daily "The Peninsula", reprinted in its entirety:

Pakistani police have arrested two Islamist militants suspected of involvement in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of US reporter Daniel Pearl, government officials said yesterday.

Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter, was kidnapped in the city of Karachi in January 2002 while he was researching a story on Islamist militants. He was later found beheaded.

A British militant has been sentenced to death for the murder. The two new suspects were arrested on Monday in Kashmore, a remote town near the border of southern Sindh and southwestern Baluchistan provinces.

"Both were suspected in the Daniel Pearl case. They are being interrogated," Waseem Akhtar, Sindh provincial government adviser on home affairs said. He identified the two as Ataur Rehman, alias Naeem Bokhari, and Faisal Bhatti. He gave no more details. Kashmore's police chief Noor Ahmed Paicho said the pair belonged to Lashkare Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group with links to Al Qaeda. He said they were arrested as they were travelling in a taxi to Baluchistan.

But Maqboolur Rehman, a human rights lawyer representing Rehman and Bhatti, said his clients have in fact been detained in June 2003 and that he would file a petition with Sindh High Court claiming unlawful detention.

"The law enforcing agencies denied any knowledge about them. We will now file a petition against the unlawful confinement of the two and claim damages for keeping them in custody for four years," he said.


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