Pakistan Overturns Conviction of Doctor in Bin Laden Hunt

Source: NY Times:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A Pakistani judicial official on Thursday overturned the convictionof a Pakistani doctor who helped the C.I.A. while it was searching for Osama bin Laden, and ordered a retrial.

The official, Sahibzada Muhammad Anis, who presided over an appellate court hearing the case, ruled that the tribal judge who convicted the doctor, Shakil Afridi, exceeded his authority when he sentenced him to 33 years in prison in May 2012.

Dr. Afridi’s lawyer, Samiullah Afridi, told reporters gathered outside Mr. Anis’s office in Peshawar that the court had agreed to a new trial under the auspices of the political agent of Khyber, the most senior government official in Dr. Afridi’s home district.


Categories: Asia, Pakistan

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