Doctor jailed for 'militant links' only


The Pakistani doctor who assisted the CIA in its hunt for Osama bin Laden was given a 33-year jail sentence not for aiding the US intelligence service but for providing medical care to banned terror groups, according to leaked legal documents.

According to a verdict seen by Pakistan’s Dawn paper, the administrator who tried and convicted Shakil Afridi did not even consider evidence that the doctor had conspired with the CIA on a fake vaccination programme.

Instead he was found guilty of “anti-state activities” over giving banned group Lashkar-i-Islam nearly £14,000, providing medical care to various militant commanders and holding meetings with them shortly before attacks on government checkposts. – (Guardian)