Friday, October 22nd | 16 Heshvan 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


Yahya Afridi

Pakistani Supreme Court Justice

In March, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled that the evidence against the murderers of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl was “flawed,” setting the four terrorists responsible free, among them the British-born Islamist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. But one judge on the three-person panel did dissent. Judge Yahya Afridi wrote a 42-page dissenting opinion, noting the ample evidence that Sheikh was the last person seen with Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was gruesomely decapitated by an Al Qaeda cell that kidnapped him the Pakistani city of Karachi. "The prosecution's evidence against Ahmed Omar Sheikh in the Daniel Pearl murder case was sufficient," Afridi declared. (Photo: Supreme Court of Pakistan)


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