The doctor Shakeel Afridi
The Pakistani court on Saturday to reduce the prison sentence Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who helped the United States track down the former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden 10 years, represents a blow to supporters of the doctor who fought for the sake of his release.
He was arrested on Afridi, who is described by American officials as a hero, after American soldiers killed bin Laden in May 2011 in a town of Abbottabad, north of Islamabad, which sparked outrage in Pakistan and led to the worsening of relations between the two countries.
Pakistan has arrested Afridi was sentenced for 33 years on charges of belonging to a militant group, but the doctor denies the charge.
The court ruled in Peshawar Saturday to reduce the penalty to a 23-year-old after repeated calls from the United States and the defense team to release him.
The lawyer said Qamar Nadeem Afridi, referring to the tribal court the highest degree, “We received an order from the full court Monday and Sentan against him before the Court of tribal areas subject to federal management.” Afridi has become a new factor to stir up tension in the complex relations between Washington and Islamabad over the past years, despite the vital role played by Pakistan to serve American interests in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism and nuclear security.
The Senate has expressed outrage after a day of judgment on Afridi and voted for a discount of $ 33 million of American aid to Pakistan by one million dollars for each year in the death, “the doctor hero.”
Afridi accused Pakistan launched a fake vaccination campaign in which the collection of DNA samples to help the CIA locate bin Laden.
Date: 15/03/2014 Time: 04:22