Those responsible for crimes like the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl should be held accountable for their crimes, according to Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Asked on Friday about the Pakistan Supreme Court upholding the acquittal of Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been convicted by a lower court of the murder of the South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, Dujarric said, "What is important is that there be accountability for those crimes."

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Slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl execution, who was abducted and beheaded in Pakistan in 2002.Twitter

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Pearl was kidnapped in 2002 in Karachi by terrorists, who killed him by slitting his throat and circulating a video of it on the internet.

Saeed and three associates were convicted of Pearl's murder by a court, but the verdict was overturned by the Sindh High Court. The Supreme Court upheld the high court decision on Thursday.

(With inputs from IANS)