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Mariane Pearl sues al Qaeda over husband's killing
Reuters ^ | July 18, 2008

Posted on 07/18/2007 9:47:37 AM PDT by Kaslin

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against al Qaeda, other radical groups and Pakistan-based Habib Bank Ltd over the 2002 abduction, torture and murder of her husband.

Mariane Pearl, whose story is told in the recently released movie "A Mighty Heart" starring Angelina Jolie, filed the suit at U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, according to her lawyers.

"Plaintiffs seek to hold responsible those terrorists, terrorist organizations and the supporting charitable and banking organizations for the senseless kidnapping, torture and murder of Daniel Pearl," the suit said.

It seeks an unspecified amount of money, whatever the court "deems appropriate", to prevent the defendants from committing similar acts.

Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief of the Journal when he was kidnapped in Karachi in January 2002 while seeking an interview with suspected Islamist militants. After several days in captivity he was beheaded on video.

Among those sued is Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, or Sheikh Omar, who was convicted and sentenced to death in a Pakistani court for his role in the abduction and murder. Three others were jailed for life.

Another defendant is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a suspected high-ranking al Qaeda leader and September 11 mastermind who is in U.S. custody. Mohammed admitted to a U.S. military tribunal that he beheaded Pearl, the U.S. military said.

Habib Bank Limited is one of Pakistan's biggest banks. The lawsuit alleges the bank and its subsidiaries knowingly conducted financial transactions on behalf of charities linked to extremist groups.

"In doing so Habib and its subsidiaries aided, abetted and provided material support in the form of financial services for the terrorist support organizations," the suit said.

Habib Bank could not be immediately reached for comment.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
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1 posted on 07/18/2007 9:47:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Lotsa luck collecting,Mrs Pearl.
2 posted on 07/18/2007 9:49:40 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: Kaslin
The middle east is watching intently no doubt. If they succeed in getting a judgment against supporters of terrorism...
3 posted on 07/18/2007 9:50:26 AM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Kaslin

Maybe the process server will be able to find Bin Laden. This is pure symbolism.


4 posted on 07/18/2007 9:50:55 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: Kaslin

Good luck collecting girlie. The very idea of suing Al Qaeda is downright stupid.

Will Jolie make another bad movie about this too?


5 posted on 07/18/2007 9:51:23 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08! Return our country to the era of Reagan Conservatism)
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To: Kaslin

The process of “discovery” should be interesting in this case!


6 posted on 07/18/2007 9:51:49 AM PDT by VOA
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To: stm

It reinforces the liberals view that this whole thing should be treated as just another criminal investigation, instead of as an act of terrorism.


7 posted on 07/18/2007 9:52:20 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Kaslin

....is this a joke? Yeah I’m sure al Quada will show up to defend themselves and pay the fine when they lose...


8 posted on 07/18/2007 9:52:30 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Kaslin

John Edwards will need something to do after the primaries.


9 posted on 07/18/2007 9:52:38 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: stm
Good luck collecting girlie.

From what I've heard... this dame's a piece of work.

10 posted on 07/18/2007 9:53:28 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Kaslin
Habib Bank Limited is one of Pakistan's biggest banks. The lawsuit alleges the bank and its subsidiaries knowingly conducted financial transactions on behalf of charities linked to extremist groups.

Uh gang, the real target is Habib Bank - which lends itself to more than a couple jokes - but hey, support jihad why not go after them on all fronts?
11 posted on 07/18/2007 9:54:49 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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To: Kaslin
From what I can read about Pearl he had lots of sympathies for the terrorists causes he covered.

He and his wife knew the consequences and hazards of the way he pursued his job.

Dealing with Muslim trash is risky at best.

Muslims have no honor when it comes to dealing with those of the great Satan.

His killers were looking to make a statement and he made himself available for the slaughter.

Mrs. Pearl can file all the lawsuits she wants but I doubt she will ever collect.

12 posted on 07/18/2007 9:58:20 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: Kaslin
"Habib Bank Limited is one of Pakistan's biggest banks. The lawsuit alleges the bank and its subsidiaries knowingly conducted financial transactions on behalf of charities linked to extremist groups"

Here's the real defendant with the bullseye on them. I bet the bank and its subsidiaries have assets, particularly financial assets, in America.

13 posted on 07/18/2007 9:59:18 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: Kaslin

Maybe she will be able to tap frozen funds of those named in the suit. And getting a multi-million or billion dollar judgement against a bank will definitely make the banking industry sit up and take notice of shady transactions.

A recent issue of National Review had a very interesting arcticle on how banks refusing to do business with North Korea affected Ill Kim’s lavish lifestyle and criminal enterprises.


14 posted on 07/18/2007 9:59:32 AM PDT by Valpal1 ("I know the fittest have not survived when I watch Congress on CSPAN.")
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To: joebuck

There is a big trial currently going on here in Dallas against “The Holy Land Foundation” which was basically a front group raising money for Hamas.

This trial could have far-reaching ramifications depending on how it turns out.


15 posted on 07/18/2007 10:00:23 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: dfwgator
It reinforces the liberals view that this whole thing should be treated as just another criminal investigation, instead of as an act of terrorism.

That is the crux of it.

16 posted on 07/18/2007 10:06:23 AM PDT by Scarpetta (e pluribus victim)
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To: Kaslin

Be careful - if she wins, AQ may decide to deliver the money to her “personally”.

Could lead to an explosive situation.


17 posted on 07/18/2007 10:08:12 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Kaslin

Time Magazine can serve the papers on that lawsuit. They are in good communication with AQ.


18 posted on 07/18/2007 10:08:49 AM PDT by weegee (If the Fairness Doctrine is imposed on USA who will CNN news get to read the conservative rebuttal)
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To: dfwgator

‘It reinforces the liberals view that this whole thing should be treated as just another criminal investigation, instead of as an act of terrorism.’

Target, fire for effect.


19 posted on 07/18/2007 10:09:25 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Gay State Conservative

She may want to sue Saddam’s nephew because he was also involved in either this or Nick Berg’s killing.


20 posted on 07/18/2007 10:10:22 AM PDT by ikez78 (http://www.regimeofterror.com)
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To: Valpal1

"NOT the Bin Laden billions!!!"

21 posted on 07/18/2007 10:10:26 AM PDT by weegee (If the Fairness Doctrine is imposed on USA who will CNN news get to read the conservative rebuttal)
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To: Kaslin

She’s supposedly a Buddhist.

Was Buddha into litigation as a form of justice?


22 posted on 07/18/2007 10:12:57 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Valpal1

Your correct.

I like this action by Pearl, it is at least an improvement on her efforts to make nice with the Islamic Cults.


23 posted on 07/18/2007 10:13:03 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: VOA
The process of “discovery” should be interesting in this case!

So true!

24 posted on 07/18/2007 10:20:56 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: stm
Good luck collecting girlie. The very idea of suing Al Qaeda is downright stupid.

The idea of suing al-Qaeda's financiers and brokers isn't. These guys need money for their weapons, transport, training, propoganda, and bribes to local officials, and they don't get that money from the trees. How much effort has the US put into shutting down Saudi financing and Pakistani brokering of the money for these terrorists?
25 posted on 07/18/2007 10:21:27 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: stm

She wants to sue these animals?

http://www.faithfreedom.org/Gallery/7.htm


26 posted on 07/18/2007 10:27:19 AM PDT by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: Kaslin
The movie "A Mighty Heart" surprisingly did not present the terrorists in a nice light. I thought with Jolie in it it might.

Best of luck to Mrs. Pearl. Any lawsuit against Al Queda is a good one.

27 posted on 07/18/2007 10:29:57 AM PDT by what's up
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To: Kaslin

But...
But....

Didn’t daddy say it was BUSH that held the knife to his throat?


28 posted on 07/18/2007 10:31:16 AM PDT by tcrlaf (VOTE Democrat! You'll look GREAT in Burqa!)
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To: tcrlaf

No, that was the father of Nicolas Berg who said that


29 posted on 07/18/2007 10:36:41 AM PDT by Kaslin (Fred Thompson for President 2008)
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To: tcrlaf
Best of luck to Mrs. Pearl. Any lawsuit against Al Queda is a good one.
I agree.
30 posted on 07/18/2007 10:40:26 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: weegee

LOL, love it!


31 posted on 07/18/2007 10:44:46 AM PDT by Valpal1 ("I know the fittest have not survived when I watch Congress on CSPAN.")
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To: Kaslin

What? I thought it was Bush’s fault. Why is she suing the innocent, peace-loving Islamists?


32 posted on 07/18/2007 10:49:55 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot
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To: Gay State Conservative

Maybe a court decidion would freeze Saudi Arabian assets until a zillion dollar claim could be collected. The KKK took the biggest hit when the govt went after its financials.


33 posted on 07/18/2007 10:52:36 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Forty on the highway, forty in the driveway.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

The theory may not be but the practice is just plain stupid. Who are they going to subpoena to appear, bin Laden, al Zawahiri?


34 posted on 07/18/2007 10:53:58 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08! Return our country to the era of Reagan Conservatism)
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To: Kaslin

If I recall, didn’t the hostages from the 70’s sue Iran? And didn’t the Clinton administration try to block enforcement of the judgment?


35 posted on 07/18/2007 10:59:48 AM PDT by P.O.E. (School's Out. Drive Safely)
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To: stm
Who are they going to subpoena to appear, bin Laden, al Zawahiri?

Hopefully they will subpoena the Habib Bank officials who knowingly passed money on from wealthy Saudi financiers to Pakistani-based terrorists, including Khalid Sheikh Muhammad. Part of solving the terrorist problem is to choke off their money supply.
36 posted on 07/18/2007 11:06:22 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Kaslin

Maybe now the Liberals (er Progressives) will fess up that terrorism is not a law enforcement problem. Wishful thinking.


37 posted on 07/18/2007 11:09:01 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

May provide a good lesson for the fools who can think but vote Dem anyway... playing this global war out in the courtrooms is likely to be useless, fruitless, counter-productive, and a waste of time, treasure, and manpower. Hopefully the lesson will carry over.


38 posted on 07/18/2007 11:16:56 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: InvisibleChurch
The KKK took the biggest hit when the govt went after its financials.

But the Klan's assets,one would assume,were located within the US.One would also assume that the Klan didn't produce a very big percentage of the world's oil output.

39 posted on 07/18/2007 11:26:49 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: roses of sharon; Valpal1

The Pearl family are indeed whacko liberals, but they seem to have had some sane advice. Suing the bank is a brilliant move. And even though some of the defendants are impossible to find, others are not.

I look forward to following this case. If Pearl wins a substantial judgment, it will lead to hundreds or thousands of other lawsuits brought by families of victims. Come to think of it, didn’t 911 families sue Bin Laden?

Pure speculation: The PR value of this case and others that may follow could be great in terms of influencing moderate Muslims who distance themselves from terrorism because it has nothing to do with them. Judgments against their banks might bring the issue closer to home and cause them to take a stand against terrorists. We’ll see.


40 posted on 07/18/2007 11:29:41 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Kaslin

What we need is a class action lawsuit against the Saudi pigs.


41 posted on 07/18/2007 11:52:37 AM PDT by lesser_satan
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