January 25, 2021 Find out more “The supreme court’s decision to release Ahmed Sheikh and his accomplices is an extremely shocking denial of justice for the Pearl family and for all journalists working in Pakistan,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This acquittal will remain as a symbol of the absolute impunity surrounding crimes of violence against journalists in this country.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the Pakistani supreme court’s decision this morning to acquit Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the mastermind of US journalist Daniel Pearl’s abduction and murder in 2002, and to order his immediate release. This is a shocking denial of justice, RSF said. Pakistan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News January 28, 2021 Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News to go further April 21, 2021 Find out more A week before the release of a video showing Pearl being beheaded, Sheikh had boasted of orchestrating his abduction during an appearance before a court in Karachi. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (right) was acquited by the Pakistani supreme court regarding US journalist Daniel Pearl (left)’s abduction and macabre murder in 2002 left (photos: archives – Aamir Qureshi / AFP). Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Today’s supreme court ruling was in response to an appeal by the Pearl family and the government of Sindh province – where the original trial was held – against last April’s Sindh high court decision to commute Sheikh’s sentence to seven years prison. As Sheikh had already been held for 18 years, this decision, which RSF firmly condemned at the time, meant that he would be released. Macabre video RSF_en Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Receive email alerts The Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau chief, Pearl disappeared in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, on 23 January 2002. A video sent to the US consulate in Karachi a month after his abduction showed Pearl’s captors cutting his throat and then severing his head. The remains of his mutilated body were found weeks later. Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Pakistan Nineteen years after Daniel Pearl was abducted and beheaded, the impunity in this case is total. The court also ordered the immediate release of three of Sheikh’s accomplices – Salman Saquib, Fahad Nasim and Sheikh Adil – although they were sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2002 after claiming responsibility for Pearl’s abduction. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Organized crimeDisappearancesJihadismPredatorsViolence Censorship forces BBC to withdraw news show from Pakistani TV PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Organized crimeDisappearancesJihadismPredatorsViolence
Lawrence “Larry” Damon 80, of Milan, formerly of Dillsboro passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 at Ripley Crossing. Larry was born Saturday, January 15, 1938, the son of Ervin and Thelma (Richardson) Damon. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM #151 and American Legion Post #452. He was a 1954 Dillsboro High School graduate. Larry worked at Monsanto for 42 years as a fork lift operator. He enjoyed Jeep racing- Gravel Rama and spending time with his family.Larry is survived by son: Mike Damon of Northfield, Ohio; Daughters: Tammy (Scott) Bowling of Sharonville; Joyce Engel of Dillsboro. 5 Grandchildren, 5 Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Judy Goodman.Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Monday July 9, 2018 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home with Allen Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro. Visitation will be 10-11:45 a.m. Monday, July 9 also at the funeral home. Masonic Service will also be Monday 11:45 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Dillsboro Life Squad or Dillsboro Fire Department. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home of Dillsboro is entrusted with arrangements; 12887 Lenover Street Box 146 Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480. You may go to filter-devries-moorefuneralhome to leave an online condolence message for the family.