May 23, 2012
Pakistan Sentences Man Who Located bin-Laden to 30 Years in Prison
A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, television channels and a local government official said.Note to WSJ. If you want a link, you'll have to kill the paywall.
The official said Shakil Afridi was charged with treason for running a fake vaccination campaign that helped the American intelligence agency track bin Laden in a Pakistani town, where he was killed in a US special forces raid.
Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Islamabad, said that Afridi was very well known as a doctor in the Khyber area.
"He was picked up about two weeks after the bin Laden operation on suspicion of assisting Americans," he said.
In addition to his jail sentence, he was fined 320,000 rupees ($3,500). The doctor had worked for years as a surgeon in lawless Khyber, part of the Taliban and al-Qaeda infested tribal belt.