Pakistani Doctor Accused of Treason

    ABBOTTABAD, PAKISTAN - MAY 6:  Residents of Bilal Town pass recently spray-painted graffiti in Bilal Town, on the road leading to the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces, on 6 May, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden was killed during a U.S. military mission on May 2, at the compound. The Obama administration have decided not to release photographs of Bin Laden's body. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images)

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    A Pakistani state commission recommended Thursday that the doctor who helped the U.S. locate Osama bin Laden be charged with treason. Dr. Shakeel Afridi allegedly ran a fake Hepatitis B vaccination drive in Abbottabad under the CIA’s direction to help confirm bin Laden’s whereabouts. Afridi was arrested by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence three weeks after the secret raid killed bin Laden, and has been held without a lawyer ever since. The U.S. has pressured Pakistan to release Afridi since his arrest, but Pakistani spies are reportedly furious over the raid and Pakistan has indicated Afridi will face a stiff penalty. The Pakistani state commission also announced Thursday that they were ending restrictions on bin Laden’s wife and children, who have been in custody since bin Laden’s death on May 2—a move which could pave the way for them to be extradited to Yemen or Saudi Arabia.

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