The Pakistani prison authorities have relocated the doctor who allegedly helped the CIA hunt down Osama Bin Laden, his lawyer said Saturday, speculating that this might be a prelude to his release.
The continued detention of Dr. Ing. Shakil Afridi has long been a source of tension between Pakistan and the United States. The US Shuts Down Military Assistance on Allegations Pakistan continues to protect Taliban militants who are fighting US and Afghan soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.
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Afridi was charged with treachery after helping the CIA collect genetic samples, and bin Laden's family paved the way for a US Navy Seal raid in 2011 in the city of Abbottabad, which killed the al-Qaida leader who was responsible for planning the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Pakistan said the raid was a violation of its sovereignty
Afridi was arrested a few days after the US operation and arrested for aiding and abetting terrorists.
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The doctor had participated in a fake vaccine program by the CIA near the Abbottobad grounds, where Bin Laden was hiding and was trying to locate the militant leader's whereabouts.
Afridi was sentenced to 23 years in prison for terrorist financing. This conviction was lifted in 2013, but he still holds time for other terrorist convictions, his lawyer said.
He also faced a murder trial related to the death of a patient more than a decade ago.
However, the lawyer said Afridi had recently shortened his last sentence to seven years, in a mercy action, and he had been serving for about that long.
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"So I think he can be released very soon," Nadeem told Reuters.
There was, however, no further immediate evidence of publication in the works.
The doctor's brother, Jamil Afridi, told Al Jazeera that government officials had informed him that "he was taken to a safer location." Taliban inmates at Peshawar Prison reportedly endangered his life.
In January, Pakistan's Justice Minister said that the country would not release Afridi under US pressure.
"Afridi has worked against the law and our national interest, and the Pakistani government has repeatedly told the US that according to our law, he committed a crime and was in the law," Zahid Hamid was quoted as saying.
This article was first written by Newsweek
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