He Helped Find bin Laden, Now Languishes in Jail

The AP takes a look at Shakil Afridi's ordeal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2018 10:20 AM CST

(Newser) Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years—since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to get DNA samples from bin Laden's family as a means of pinpointing his location, aiding US Navy SEALs who tracked and killed the al-Qaeda leader. Afridi hasn't seen his lawyer since 2012, and his wife and children are his only visitors. For two years his file "disappeared," delaying a court appeal of his 33-year sentence that still hasn't proceeded. The courts now say a prosecutor is unavailable, his lawyer, Qamar Nadeem Afridi, tells the AP. Shakil Afridi spends his days alone, isolated from a general prison population filled with militants who've vowed to kill him for his role in locating bin Laden, says Nadeem. But Afridi hasn't been charged in connection with the bin Laden operation. The AP dives deep into his case and the "larger puzzle."

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