Lawyer for Man Who Aided CIA Quits

    Samiullah Afridi, lawyer for Shakil Afridi who ran a fake vaccination campaign to try help U.S. officials find al-Qaeda chief Osama bin laden, speaks to the media after appearing before the court in Peshawar October 30, 2013. Afridi has fled Pakistan after receiving threats from militants, relatives said on December 11, 2013. He went abroad after militants threatened to blow up his car and kill his family, a relative said. Picture taken on October 30, 2013.

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    The lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who is believed to have aided in the search for Osama Bin Laden has quit the case. Samiullah Khan Afridi said he received “final” warming from militants not to defend Dr. Shakil Afridi (no relation). “Now they have warned me to either quit the case or be ready to face the dire consequences,” the attorney told the Associated Press. Dr. Afridi was officially sentenced to 33 years in prison (which was later reduced to 23) for providing medical treatment to Islamic militants. However, it is suspected that he is being punished by the Pakistani government for helping U.S. officials find Bin Laden in Abbottabad. His vaccination program is believed to have secured the DNA to verify Bin Laden's location. Afridi has denied any involvement, but he is seen by many in Pakistan as a traitor for helping foreigners. Now, his lawyer says he has to resign from the case because “My family and I are under severe threat.”

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