Jewish Leaders Welcome Pakistani Court Decision to Keep Daniel Pearl's Killer in Jail

New York, NY

. . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

"We welcome the announcement by prosecutors at the Supreme Court of Pakistan that Ahmed Omar Sheikh, who was involved in the barbaric murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl z"l in 2002, will stay in jail while his case continues rather than go free.

The proceedings will determine whether or not this individual is to remain on death row after his acquittal by a lower Pakistani court in April. This killer should be behind bars for the rest of his days; anything less would be a painful insult to the Pearl family. They have suffered enough in the years since this atrocity occurred.

The last words of Daniel Pearl, an American citizen, were 'My father's Jewish, my mother's Jewish, I'm Jewish.' Those responsible for his death were motivated by their hatred of who he was and must be held accountable. We call on the U.S. government to do all it can to ensure that justice is served in this case."

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