- Last Updated: 5:09 AM, May 24, 2012
- Posted: 1:49 AM, May 24, 2012
The courageous Pakistani doctor who secretly helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden was convicted of treason yesterday and sentenced to 33 years in jail.
Surgeon Shakil Afridi was convicted by a tribal court in Pakistan after a brief trial in which he was not allowed a lawyer to defend himself or to present evidence.
Afridi was charged with setting up a fake hepatitis-vaccination program in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad in an effort to collect blood samples from bin Laden’s children and verify for the CIA that the al Qaeda leader was hiding there.
US officials said Afridi was also responsible for securing the phone number of bin Laden’s courier, a key step in preparing the US Navy SEALs raid last year.
“He was working for a foreign spy agency. We are looking after our national interests,” a Pakistani intelligence official yesterday.