Professor Judea Pearl, father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, has told Tel-Aviv based Ha'aretz daily that he fears that making public his son's Israeli citizenship could “adversely affect investigative efforts” by Pakistani police officials to apprehend the murderers and track down his son’s body.
The Israeli daily reported that during a telephone conversation from his Los Angeles home, Professor Pearl extended regret and anger over the disclosure by the Israeli media of his family's Israeli links. The U.S. media, which was aware of the information, complied with the family's request not to make it public. The American media was asked to comply with this request after data was obtained which confirmed reports that the reporter was dead.
Professor Pearl added that he had not seen the videotape in which his son's murder was documented and has no intention of doing so. U.S. government officials told him of his son’s death Thursday after they had viewed the videotape and were convinced of its authenticity.
According to assessments presented to Professor Pearl, his son was killed ten days after being abducted on January 23. The date of his death is based on experts' viewing of the videotape and was determined according to the length of Pearl's beard, as seen on the tape.
Pakistani police investigators said on Saturday that Pearl's murderers never meant to release him. The Pakistani police warned foreign organizations in Pakistan that they should be careful due to the fact that Pearl's kidnapping may be part of a more extensive terrorist plot. They also reported that the man who delivered the videotape documenting Pearl's murder was arrested for questioning in Karachi, located in southern Pakistan.
The State Department said the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan had received evidence on Thursday that 38-year-old Pearl was dead. Spokesman Richard Boucher provided no details on the evidence, although Pakistani authorities said that the videotape indicated the Islamic extremists, who kidnapped him a month ago, had murdered him.
On Thursday, Fahd Naseem, one of three men accused of involvement in the kidnapping, said Pearl was abducted because he was a Jew working against Islam. (Albawaba.com)
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