Pearl`s murder suspect died after interrogation: Report
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 00:00
Washington, Nov 13: A Karachi-based businessman suspected of involvement in the slaying of American journalist Daniel Pearl died earlier this year, soon after being interrogated by US and Pakistani intelligence, a news report has said.

The suspect, Saud Memon, was interrogated both for his involvement in Pearl's murder and his role as a financier and facilitator for al Qaeda, including the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, the Wall Street Journal said quoting an unnamed senior US law-enforcement official.

"The revelation" suggests that Memon's "interrogation may have played a role in his death," the newspaper said quoting lawyers and human-rights advocates, who have accused the US administration of colluding with Pakistan in illegally arresting and detaining scores of suspected terrorists since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

"Legal-aid and human-rights groups have accused Pakistan's intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence bureau, of torturing Memon during his detention in Pakistan, based on interviews with fellow prisoners," the journal said.

They believed that Memon was held at a secret CIA detention facility in Bagram, Afghanistan, before being turned over to the ISI early last year.

Memon was "in a lot of the rooms where important things were being discussed. He knew senior al Qaeda people, and was moving equipment and supplies," said the US official, who had access to intelligence files on the businessman.

Badly injured Memon was dumped on April 28 in front of his Karachi home, according to his family and human-rights groups. Memon, a prosperous textiles merchant, died on May 18 at a hospital in Karachi from complications related to meningitis and tuberculosis.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 00:00

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