Discovery of body could upset Pearl murder trial: Defence lawyer

The trial of four men accused of murdering US journalist Daniel Pearl resumed here on Tuesday but could be disrupted if forensic experts confirm that his body has at last been found, a defence lawyer said.

The trial of four men accused of murdering US journalist Daniel Pearl resumed here on Tuesday but could be disrupted if forensic experts confirm that his body has at last been found, a defence lawyer said.
"The trial will take a new turn if the police and prosecution come out with new evidence, new accused or even if the body they have recovered turns out to be that of Pearl," said Mohsin Imam, a lawyer for prime suspect Sheikh Omar.

A key element in the case is how police came to find the body which is now believed to be Pearl's.

The inspector general of police in Sindh province, Syed Kamal Shah, has said police recovered the body after "source information" and that no new arrests had been made in connection with the case.

Some police sources, however, hint that one of Pakistan's intelligence agencies detained two activists of an outlawed Sunni Muslim extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, who told them where the body was buried.

Bureau Report

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