Suspect in killing of journalist Pearl arrested

Suspect in killing of journalist Pearl arrested

[JURIST] Police in Pakistan said Thursday that a key suspect wanted in connection with the abduction and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl [Wikipedia profile] has been arrested. Mohammad Hashim, known as Arif, was arrested earlier in the week in the central Punjab town of Gujranwala. He is alleged to have coordinated the January 2002 meeting between the reporter and his kidnappers. Police officials called his arrest "a lucky break" during a routine crackdown against Islamic extremists. British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering Pearl [JURIST report] in July 2002 and three co-conspirators were sentenced to life in prison. BBC News has more.