Pearl Killer to Appeal Death Sentence
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
And now this turn of events in Pakistan: The man convicted of beheading Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is planning to use Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession to appeal his own death sentence. Mohammed, who is a high-ranking al-Qaida leader, confessed to masterminding the September 11th attacks. According to a transcript of his military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Mohammed also confessed to Pearl's murder. Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and killed while reporting in Pakistan back in 2002.
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to hang for Pearl's death, but his lawyer announced today that Mohammed's confession would help support an appeal.