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Daniel Pearl timeline

(CNN) -- Following are key dates in Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnapping:

January 23:

Abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, apparently while going to conduct an interview for a story about Richard Reid, the so-called "shoe bomber."

January 27:

Various media organizations get first e-mail from alleged captors, the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistan Sovereignty. E-mail accuses Pearl of spying for the United States and includes demands for better treatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It contains photos of Pearl.

January 28:

Paul Steiger, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, issues a statement denying that Pearl was connected to the CIA. He appeals for Pearl's release.

January 29:

Pakistani investigators say Pearl was lured into a trap. He was led to believe he was going to meet with Sheik Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani.

January 30:

E-mail from captors says Pearl will be killed in 24 hours if their demands are not met. They accuse Pearl of being an agent for the Israeli Secret Service, and say any American journalists still in Pakistan in three days risk being killed.

January 30:

Gilani turns himself in to Pakistani authorities and denies any connection to Pearl's kidnapping.

January 31:

Third e-mail is sent, and the deadline for Pearl's execution is extended by one day. Steiger issues another appeal for Pearls release. So does former boxer Muhammad Ali.

February 1:

U.S. Embassy in Islamabad receives phone call demanding $2 million ransom for Pearl. Later that day, CNN and Fox News receive e-mails from captors, claiming Pearl is dead. Pakistani police begin searching cemeteries.

February 2:

Pakistani police find the computer they believe the captors used to send the e-mails. Its owner, Farhad Naseem, points police to Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.

Farhad Naseem and two other unidentified suspects are taken into custody, allegedly for sending the Pearl e-mails.

February 4:

Mariane Pearl makes emotional plea for her husband's release. Steiger publishes open letter to captors, urging them to begin negotiations for Pearl's release.

February 12:

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, prime suspect, captured in Pakistan. He tells police he believes Pearl is still alive and in Karachi.

February 13:

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he is "reasonably sure" Pearl is still alive.

February 14:

Saeed Sheikh appears in court and says he was involved in the kidnapping, and says he believes Pearl is dead.

February 21:

U.S. State Department tells the Wall Street Journal that Pearl is dead.




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