Journalism students credited with suspect’s arrest in Daniel Pearl beheading

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Daniel Pearl, WSJ Correspondent
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An investigation by Georgetown University journalism students helped lead to the Sunday capture in Pakistan of a suspect in the 2002 beheading of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl.

Pearl was kidnapped in Pakistan in January 2002 and his murder was videotaped and posted online.

ABC News reported on “The Pearl Project,” a three and a half year investigation led by Georgetown University professor and friend of Pearl’s, Asra Nomani, and 32 of her students.  These amateur investigators followed clues and conducted incredible scientific research from evidence they detected on the video made of Pearl’s murder.

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The students used “vein matching” to compare the veins of the killer’s hand from the video to the veins in photographs of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who confessed in 2007 to beheading Pearl after being water boarded, the report said.

Mohammed is “currently in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay,” ABC reported, but “has never been charged with the crime.”

Pakistan officials, though, arrested Qari Abdul Hayee, “Sunday in a targeted operation by the Pakistani Rangers, a paramilitary unit, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,” the article said.

According to ABC News:

Pakistani officials said they do not believe Hayee carried out the murder, but said he was “privy to the whole situation” and that he was part of the terror group that carried out the crime.

In 2011 a man named Abdul Hayee was identified as one of 27 people allegedly involved in Pearl’s kidnapping in a special investigation by Georgetown University called The Pearl Project.

Watch the ABC News report on these tenacious journalism students here:


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