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Prime accused in Pearl murder case dead

Saud Memon, a merchant who owned the plot of land from where Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearls body was retrieved, died Friday at Liaquat National Hospital in Karachi.

Karachi/Islamabad, May 19 : Saud Memon, a merchant who owned the plot of land from where Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl's body was retrieved, died Friday at Liaquat National Hospital in Karachi.

Memon was the first on the list of Pakistan's most wanted and carried head money of Rs. three million.

The Daily Times was able to confirm Memon's death over the phone. He was declared dead by ICU doctors at 2:30 p.m.

According to family sources, Memon was well enough to feed himself last month, but could not recognize anyone. One family source said: "he had been injected with cortisone!" The person was immediately hushed up.

Memon's brother Mahmood said Saud died 20 days after being admitted to hospital. Mahmood had appeared before the Supreme Court on May 14 in the forced disappearances' case along with his brother, who was unable to speak as a result of alleged torture by an intelligence agency during an undeclared confinement that lasted an estimated three years, one month and 21 days.

Memon's arrest was never brought on record. According to Mahmood, his brother left for South Africa after the police recovered Pearl's remains from his plot in Ahsanabad, Gadap Town. He was apprehensive of his likely arrest in the high-profile murder case and fled the country.

The FBI arrested him from S. Africa on March 7, 2003, kept him at Guantanamo Bay for more than two years and then handed him over to the Pakistani authorities.

An intelligence agency then secured his custody for investigation. He subsequently lost contact with the family.

On April 28, some men in plainclothes, claiming to be Memon's friends, dropped him at his doorstep. His condition was such that no one recognized him even though he had become well known in the neighbourhood.

Mahmood denied his brother had any links with the Pearl murder. He acknowledged that Memon used to donate funds to the Al-Akhtar and Al-Rashid trusts.

ANI

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