A British-Pakistani man jailed in Pakistan for the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has tried to commit suicide, according to reports.
Omar Saeed Sheikh was convicted in 2002 of the murder of Pearl who was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan whilst working as the South Asia bureau chief of the WSJ.
The 38-year-old reporter had been investigating militant groups when he was abducted in Karachi in January , 2002.
On February 21, 2002, a video of his killing was delivered to U.S. officials in Pakistan. His remains were found in a shallow grave on Karachi’s outskirts three months later.
Sheikh, who attended the prestigious Forest School in East London, and three others were arrested and convicted in June 2002.
Sheikh has now tried to hang himself in prison, Senior police official Akram Naeem has told the AFP news agency.
Mr Naeem said he was rescued after he was spotted by officials.
He said: ‘His condition is stable now and a case has been filed against him in the local police station.’
In January 2011, a report by the Pearl Project at Georgetown University suggested the wrong men had been convicted of the murder.
The investigation claimed the alleged mastermind behind 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, was responsible for the murder.
Days before he was abducted, Pearl had learned that his wife Mariane was expecting a baby boy. Mariane remained in Pakistan and campaigned for her husband’s release throughout his capture.
Daniel Pearl’s death was met with an outpouring of grief from around the world.
Marianne Pearl wrote a memoir entitled A Mighty Heart about her late husband’s life which was adapted into a film starring Angelina Jolie.