Inviato da  Pausania il 21/3/2007 23:28:56
Pearl's family questions terrorist's confession

The family of Daniel Pearl has expressed skepticism over a claim by the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, that he personally beheaded the American journalist five years ago.

Muhammad, who claimed responsibility for a spate of terrorist attacks on behalf of al-Qaida, told a US military hearing at Guantanamo Bay that he had executed Pearl for allegedly being an Israeli agent, according to a transcript released by the Pentagon last week. [...]

"It is impossible to know at this point whether Khalid Sheikh Muhammad's boast about killing our son has any bearing in truth," they said in a statement e-mailed to The Jerusalem Post. "We prefer to focus our energy on continuing Danny's lifework through the programs of the Daniel Pearl Foundation which aim to eradicate the hatred that took his life." [...]

"He wants to take credit for doing it, and he wants to exonerate al-Qaida, blame Pakistan, and whatever," Pearl said. "When a person confesses, he has nothing to lose. You have to take it with a spice of doubt." [...]

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