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Pakistani who helped CIA find al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden on murder charge

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By Euronews
Pakistani who helped CIA find al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden on murder charge

<p>A Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. track down al-Qaeda leader <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-obituary/">Osama bin Laden</a> has been charged with murder.</p> <p>Shakil Afridi is accused of causing a death at a Pakistan hospital eight years ago.</p> <p>The murder charge is the latest indictment against Afridi, who helped the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-is-killed-in-pakistan/"><span class="caps">CIA</span> track down bin Laden in May 2011</a>.</p> <p>Last year he was <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2012/05/23/pakistan-jails-doctor-who-helped-find-bin-laden/">sentenced to 33 years in jail</a> for membership of militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, an accusation he denies. But in August, <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/29/pakistan-overturns-sentence-of-doctor-who-helped-find-bin-laden/">Pakistan overturned his conviction</a>, citing procedural errors and ordering a retrial. </p> <p>The murder charge centres on the death of Suleman Afridi, at a hospital in Pakistan’s rugged Khyber Agency region in 2005, and was brought by the man’s mother, a local official told Reuters. </p> <p>“A woman blamed Afridi for the death of her son,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “She stated that he operated on her son at a hospital in Khyber Agency even though he was not a surgeon, and that caused (her son’s) death.”</p> <p>After <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/09/leaked-bin-laden-report-gives-details-of-al-qaeda-leader-s-day-to-day-life/">bin Laden was killed</a>, Pakistan accused the doctor of running a fake vaccination campaign that had helped the U.S. in their mission. His staff collected <span class="caps">DNA</span> samples from one of the children at <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/13/chasing-osama-bin-laden-in-zero-dark-thirty/">bin Laden’s compound</a>, helping to convince the <span class="caps">CIA</span> that their target was living there.</p>