Journalist's Widow Sues Terror Groups, Pakistani Banks

By: The widow of Daniel Pearl has sued more than a dozen reputed terrorists and Pakistan's largest bank, blaming them for the torture and murder of the Wall Street Journal reporter in 2002.

A complaint filed Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court by Mariane Pearl and her husband's estate alleges Habib Bank Ltd. of Karachi knowingly provided financial services for al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

Backed by the bank, terrorists "carried out the kidnapping, ransom, torture, execution and dismemberment of Daniel Pearl and broadcast those images nationwide," the lawsuit said. The suit seeks unspecified damages for acts it alleges were meant to "emotionally destroy the Pearl family and terrorize, appall and frighten American citizens."

There was no immediate response to a message left with the bank's Manhattan office.

"I am looking for the truth of what happened to Daniel, for our family, our friends, and the public record," Mariane Pearl, a French citizen, said in a statement. "This process allows us to delve deeper into the investigation, and to bring accountability and punishment to those involved with his kidnapping, torture and murder."


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