May 31, 2012
The recently-jailed Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden is not only in danger inside prison, according to officials there, but now faces threats from the Taliban and another terrorist organization should they find him outside.
Dr. Shakil Afridi was sentenced last week to more than 30 years in prison — a conviction that at the time was reportedly linked to his role in running a vaccination program for the CIA near bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The ploy was an attempt to collect DNA from bin Laden’s relatives and verify the al Qaeda leader was indeed in the compound. Bin Laden was killed in a Navy SEAL raid on the compound May 2, 2011.
Days after Afridi’s sentencing, however, the Pakistani court released charging documents that claimed he had not been convicted for helping the CIA, but for aiding a Pakistani terrorist organization called Lashkar-e-Islam. Afridi had allegedly given the group two million rupees, or $21,000, and provided medical care for militants.