Just looking for old news articles that mention the $100,000 wire transfer between Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Mohammad Atta.
ARREST SHEIK IN ABDUCTION
BY DAVE GOLDINER DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, February 13, 2002
The search for kidnapped reporter Daniel Pearl took a dramatic turn yesterday as Pakistani police arrested the suspected mastermind.
Karachi cops searched door to door for Pearl after the capture of militant leader Sheik Omar Saeed, who told them the kidnappers had not killed the Wall Street Journal reporter.
"He's alive, he's okay," Saeed told cops, according to Jamil Yousuf, head of a civilian-police committee involved in the investigation.
"During the initial investigation, [Saeed] said that Pearl is alive and he is in Karachi," Karachi Police Chief Tariq Jamil said.
There was no confirmation, however, and Pakistani police at times have exaggerated their progress in the case.
The break was announced just as Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf arrived in Washington for a meeting with President Bush this morning.
Saeed, 27, was arrested yesterday afternoon in the northeastern city of Lahore, where he apparently had fled from Karachi, said Tasneem Noorani of Pakistan's Interior Ministry.
Authorities intensified their hunt in the Karachi area, including the bleak and thinly populated coastal region outside the city.
Kamal Shah, a Karachi police official, said Saeed could be a "tough nut to crack" to get more information.
"It would take time, I feel, before we get all the details about Daniel," he said.
Pearl, 38, was kidnapped Jan. 23 while trying to interview Islamic radicals for a story about accused shoe bomber Richard Reid.
The kidnappers sent several E-mail threats, including two accompanied by photos of Pearl in shackles with a gun to his head.
Other messages, including some that claimed Pearl had been killed, were deemed to be hoaxes.
The messages demanded the release of Pakistani prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but the U.S. has ruled out negotiations.
Pearl's wife, Mariane, who is six months pregnant with their first child, has pleaded for her husband's release. The kidnappers failed to respond.
Traded for hostages
Saeed was born and reared in London and attended the prestigious London School of Economics before joining radical groups.
He was imprisoned in India in 1994 for kidnapping four tourists. He was freed in 1999, along with two other militants, in exchange for hostages on an Indian airliner hijacked to the Afghan city of Kandahar.
Investigators suspect he wired $100,000 - his cut from a $1 million ransom paid for an Indian businessman - to Mohamed Atta, the leader of the Sept. 11 plot and one of the pilots who flew into the World Trade Center.
If those suspicions prove to be true, Saeed could be the highest-ranking member of the Sept. 11 plot to be nabbed.