August 29, 2013
Dr. Who Helped CIA Find bin Laden Sentence Overturned
The good news: The doctor who helped the CIA confirm the location of the bin Laden compound had his sentence overturned today by a Pakistani court.
The bad news: they're going to retry him:
A Pakistani judicial official on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Pakistani doctor who helped the C.I.A. while it was searching for Osama bin Laden, and ordered a retrial....I don't know why we're putting up with this crap. I'd much rather Obama bomb Pakistan over this than Syria over something that's none of our business.
ruled that the tribal court judge who convicted Dr. Shakil Afridi, exceeded his authority when he sentenced him to 33 years in prison in May 2012....
Although Dr. Afridi was convicted on charges of aiding a banned Islamist group, the conviction was seen as a proxy for Pakistani accusations that he had helped the C.I.A. trace Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, to a house in Abbottabad, in northwestern Pakistan.
And no, I'm not serious. I don't really want to bomb Pakistan either. But, yeah, I kinda do, too.