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Daniel Pearl Arrest Victim Dies

Friday 18 May 2007

‘Daniel Pearl detainee’ is dead. Saud Memon was missing for years. A Pakistani man detained over the murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl has died weeks after being released. Saud Memon owned the property in the city of Karachi where Pearl’s body was found after his kidnap in 2002. Mr Memon’s family say he disappeared in 2003 and was held in Guantanamo Bay before being dumped by unidentified men outside his Karachi home last month. They deny he had anything to do with the murder. Doctors say Mr Memon died of tuberculosis and meningitis.

Mr Memon’s family say he was in extremely bad health when he was returned to them, weighing just 18kg (44 pounds). He was also suffering psychiatric problems, they say.

The 44-year-old textiles businessman owned the shed and land where Pearl’s body was found in a shallow grave after his kidnapping and beheading in January 2002.