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Tuesday, 23 July, 2002, 04:43 GMT 05:43 UK
Denials over Pearl detentions
The government in Pakistan has denied reports that it's holding three members of the militant group, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, for their alleged involvement in the murder of the American journalist, Daniel Pearl.

The Interior Minister, Moinuddin Haider, said the government was still waiting for the outcome of DNA tests - despite reports that it had already received the results - positively identifying a dismembered body found in Karachi as that of Mr Pearl.

Reports, quoting unnamed officials, say the government deliberately concealed the detention of the three men because it could have affected the outcome of the recent trial in which four men were found guilty of Mr Pearl's kidnap and murder.

One man was given the death penalty and the other three were sentenced to life imprisonment.

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