Pakistani doctor sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping U.S. track down bin Laden

Pakistani doctor sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping U.S. track down bin Laden

Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi who was charged with treason for helping the United States to track down and kill Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to 30-year imprisonment, reported local media Geo on Wednesday.

The sentence was announced by the Political Administration of Khyber Agency Dr. Shakil Afridi belongs to after he was found guilty under the Frontier Crimes Regulation for carrying out a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad for getting the DNA samples of Osama bin Laden, Xinhua reported.

Dr. Shakil Afridi was also fined 320,000 rupees (about 3,478 U. S. dollars). Local media said that if he could not pay the fine he could face another three-year imprisonment.

Following the announcement of the sentence, Dr. Shakil Afridi had reportedly been shifted to a central jail in Peshawar.

The doctor was arrested on May 22, 2011 when he was trying to escape to Afghanistan via Pakistan's northwestern Torkham border after the U.S. Navy Seals killed bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound on May 2, 2011.

Dr. Shakil Afridi confessed that he had conducted a fake polio vaccination drive in the Bilal Town area of Abbotabad between March 15-18 and April 21-23 of 2011 to get DNA samples of the residents who lived in bin Laden's compound.

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