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'Bin Laden doctor' jailed for treason in Pakistan

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'Bin Laden doctor' jailed for treason in Pakistan


A Pakistani surgeon recruited by the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to 33 years for treason.

Shakeel Afridi was tried under the tribal justice system for running a fake vaccination programme to gather information.

One of his neighbours in the city of Peshawar said that Afridi should not have helped America.

“By working for the good of America, and by harming us, he has committed treason. It would have been better if he had been given an even bigger punishment,” the unnamed man said.

The United States has declined to comment directly on the doctor’s sentence. Officials in Washington say, however, that he should not have been detained.

US Navy Seals killed former Al-Qaeda leader Bin Laden at his hideout in Abbottabad on May 2 last year.

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