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Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Doctor's Life

Policemen search a vehicle in front of the Peshawar central jail
Islamabad: A Pakistani doctor accused of assisting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in obtaining DNA samples of Osama Bin Laden has been convicted of anti-state activities and sentenced to 33 years in jail by a tribal court, officials said.

Dr Shakil Afridi was taken into custody by the military's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) two weeks after Osama Bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 in a raid by US Navy Seals on his hideout in the garrison town of Abbottabad in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakthtunkhwa province.

The middle-aged doctor, from the Afridi tribe, was charged with conducting a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad a month before the raid to get DNA samples to confirm Bin Laden's presence in the compound where he had been reportedly living for years with his wives and children.
A fake vaccination campaign? When I remember other things done by intelligence forces - drug dealing to finance their activities comes to mind - I just hope the doctor was well paid for his services. It is hard to form an opinion or make a judgement when confronted with a complot of murderers and torturers at each others' throats.

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