A 33-year prison sentence has been overturned in Pakistan of a doctor who was instrumental in finding Osama bin Laden.
Dr. Shakil Afridi helped confirm the probable whereabouts of bin Laden after he conducted a fake vaccination campaign in the area around the terrorist leader’s Abbottabad hideout. It allowed him to take samples revealing the DNA of members of bin Laden’s family, leading the CIA to suspect he was indeed hiding in the complex they had under surveillance.
He was hailed a hero by US officials, but in 2012 a Pakistani court convicted him over his links with militant group Lashkar-e-Islam. In retaliation, the US withheld 33 million dollars of aid.
Dr. Afridi will remain in custody for the moment, and a retrial is possible. The verdict was overturned after the US Secretary of State John Kerry raised the issue.
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