However, one said: "He made clear that he was a Jew and his wife a Buddhist.
He used to imitate the way she prayed, and sing hymns and songs whenever he thought about her." Eventually, Saud Memon, who is believed to be al-Qaeda's chief financier in Pakistan and owned the house where Pearl was held, contacted a group of Arab extremists who took over custody and decided he would be killed.
Pakistani authorities are said to be reluctant to put the new suspects on trial lest their evidence helps the first four win their appeals.
A legal official said: "No matter what Sheikh is guilty of, if the police were forced to change their account of what happened because of newfound evidence, he might be given the benefit of the doubt on everything else, and be set free immediately."Omar Sheikh, the mastermind of the kidnapping, set the trap which lured Pearl to his captors.
One recently told interrogators how the Arabs tried to sedate Pearl, first by injection, then by doctoring his tea.