Defense lawyer appeals verdict in kidnap-slaying

Thursday, July 18, 2002

KARACHI, Pakistan -- A defense lawyer asked a Pakistani appeals court Wednesday to overturn the convictions of three Islamic militants in the kidnap-murder of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl.

In a petition filed with the High Court of Sindh province, attorney Rai Bashir said the case against Salman Saqib, Fahad Naseem and Shaikh Adil was "false and baseless."

They were convicted Monday and sentenced to life imprisonment, which in Pakistan means 25 years.

Bashir does not represent the fourth defendant, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.

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