Pakistani Doctor Who Helped US Find Bin Laden To Be Tried For High Treason

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Dr. Shakeel Afridi

A Pakistani doctor accused of running a vaccination programme for the CIA to help track down Osama Bin Laden should be put on trial for high treason, a government commission in Pakistan has said.

Such a charge carries the death penalty and is likely to infuriate U.S. officials, who are pushing for Dr Shakil Afridi’s release.

He has been in the custody of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency since soon after the May 2 American raid that killed bin Laden.

The agency was humiliated and outraged by the covert American operation and is aggressively investigating the circumstances surrounding it.

Dr Afridi’s fate is a complicating issue in relations between the CIA and the ISI that were strained to the breaking point by the Bin Laden raid.

U.S. and Pakistani officials have said Dr Arifdi ran a vaccination programme in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad where the Al Qaeda leader hid in an effort to obtain a DNA sample from him.

Dr Afridi was detained in the days after the U.S. operation. He has no lawyer.

A Pakistani government commission investigating the raid on bin Laden said in a statement that it was of the view that: ‘a case of conspiracy against the state of Pakistan and high treason’ should be registered against Dr Afridi on the basis of the evidence it had gathered.

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