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Osama hunt: Doctor's sentence reduced by 10 years

Posted on Mar 15 2014 | IANS

Islamabad, March 15 : The sentence of a doctor who helped the US track down slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was on Saturday reduced by 10 years and his fine reduced by Pakistani Rs.10 lakh (over USD 10,000).

Munir Azam, the Commissioner of Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), passed the order after reviewing the Afridi's 33-year jail term and Rs.320,000 fine, Dawn Online reported.

Shakil's lawyer Samiullah Afridi said that he would further appeal to a tribunal in the Federally Administred Tribal Areas, adding that he did not sought a review of the case but had asked for a fresh trial.

Shakil Afridi had allegedly helped the CIA by running a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad a month before the US forces' raid on a compound that killed Osama in 2011.

Afridi was arrested for his alleged links with the CIA and also charged with links with the banned Lashkar-e-Islam religious outfit.

Afridi was sentenced last May by an assistant political agent of the Khyber Agency tribal region.

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