Omar Saeed Sheikh was convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl

Omar Saeed Sheikh attended Forest School in Snaresbrook

Omar Saeed Sheikh attended Forest School in Snaresbrook

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A former Forest School pupil in prison in Pakistan for murdering an American journalist has tried to commit suicide, according to reports.

Omar Saeed Sheikh was convicted in 2002 of the murder of Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and beheaded in Karachi.

Sheikh, 38, who has dual British and Pakistani citizenship, is said to have attempted to hang himself in prison, according to the AFP news agency.

The agency quote senior Pakistani police officer Aram Naeem as saying: “His condition is stable now and a case has been filed against him in the local police station.”

Mr Pearl was abducted in Karachi in January 2002 and a video of his killing was delivered to U.S. officials in Pakistan.

Forest School is a private school on the border of Walthamstow and Snaresbrook.

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12:38pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Dave mp says...

Why is relevant to mention that he attended a particular school?
Why is relevant to mention that he attended a particular school? Dave mp
  • Score: -5

12:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

AMAEEssex says...

I would hope for no other reason than to justify it as a story of "local" interest.
I would hope for no other reason than to justify it as a story of "local" interest. AMAEEssex
  • Score: 9

1:10pm Thu 20 Feb 14

MorrisHickey says...

Terrorists should be hanged anyway, so why prevent him from doing it himself?
Terrorists should be hanged anyway, so why prevent him from doing it himself? MorrisHickey
  • Score: 10

2:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Dave mp wrote:
Why is relevant to mention that he attended a particular school?
Because it is, shows that crooks can come from anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]Dave mp[/bold] wrote: Why is relevant to mention that he attended a particular school?[/p][/quote]Because it is, shows that crooks can come from anywhere. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -10

9:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Dave mp wrote:
Why is relevant to mention that he attended a particular school?
This is not the first time a public schoolboy has been convicted of a criminal offence?

How many MP's and Lords have been gaoled in the last 5 years? How about Archer and Aitkin? Lord Brockenhurst and so on also, there have been many more.

It is all relevant as is had a 'Traveller' or Immigrant been gaoled who did not attend a school.
[quote][p][bold]Dave mp[/bold] wrote: Why is relevant to mention that he attended a particular school?[/p][/quote]This is not the first time a public schoolboy has been convicted of a criminal offence? How many MP's and Lords have been gaoled in the last 5 years? How about Archer and Aitkin? Lord Brockenhurst and so on also, there have been many more. It is all relevant as is had a 'Traveller' or Immigrant been gaoled who did not attend a school. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -13

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