Pakistani doctor's fate is still undecided
Compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was killed.
January 30th, 2012
06:37 AM ET

Pakistani doctor's fate is still undecided

By Nasir Habib reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has not yet decided on whether or not to try a Pakistani doctor for high treason for assisting the U.S. in gathering intelligence ahead of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011 that resulted in his death, a senior Pakistani gov’t official tells CNN.

Dr. Shakeel Afridi helped the CIA use a vaccination campaign to collect DNA samples from residents of bin Laden's compound to verify the terror leader's presence there. Pakistan, which expressed its anger over the raid without consulting Pakistani authorities, has held Afridi in custody since May of 2011.

The Pakistan official speaking to CNN on this matter doesn’t want to be named because of the sensitivity of the subject. He adds the following:

  • “It’s the federal government who will decide whether to try the doctor for high treason or not.”
  • “At this stage, the decision hasn’t been taken to try the doctor”, the official said.

Regarding the commission in charge of probing the OBL raid who on Oct. 6, 2011 recommended treasons charges against Dr. Shakeel Afridi, the Sr. Pakistani official adds:

  • “The Commission’s recommendation is not binding”, the official said.
  • The official said Dr. Afridi is under the custody of law enforcement agencies.
  • The official denied Afridi’s custody by ISI, Pakistan’s notorious top spy agency, which falls under the control of Pakistan’s military.

Filed under: Al Qaeda • Central Intelligence Agency • Intelligence • ISI • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan • Panetta • Terrorism
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  4. John Anderson

    I saw the documentary on this. It was very interesting.

    March 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  5. Iranacockuptheirass

    The seals should have blown this one away also....

    January 31, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
  6. mipolitic

    for the last three days i have seen these reminders of who got bin laden and again , & again , & again i thank you pres obama for giving the order for the brave honourable team 6 to act against the target. who gave up the doc's id ? who released the doc's involvement ? why was not the doc taken out of pakistan ? can we see pic's of the doc ? can we see pic's of dead bin laden ? to all the above questions is NO ! please enough with the reminders white house we all know pres obama gave the order .

    January 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • Lobo74

      Ahhh, don't worry. I'm sure their taking good care of this guy. Obama wouldn't let anything happen to a friend of the US.

      January 31, 2012 at 4:45 am | Reply
  7. mipolitic

    more reminders from the white house that pres obama is the one that caught bin laden . i do not think that this has anything to do with concerns about the doc. why was the doc left behind ? who released the doc's involvement ? who released the doc's name ? that you team 6 for your brave honour. yes once again pres obama thank you for giving the order. for a covert opp it is too bad the doc;s id was realsed !

    January 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  8. holdem

    He's only guilty of making the Pakistan military look incompetent.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  9. bobalu

    First they must prove that the doctor knew he was working for a foreign agency.

    Then they must prove that the doctor knew that helping to reveal the location of Bin Laden was against Pakistan's National Interest.

    January 30, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • TheGaffa

      Not if you go by Gitmo Rules.

      January 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
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  10. michaelfury

    So Osama fell for the old "you're overdue for your tetanus booster" ploy? Brilliant.

    January 30, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply

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