Pakistan overturns sentence of doctor who helped find Osama bin Laden

PESHAWAR (REUTERS) - A Pakistani judicial official on Thursday overturned the 33-year sentence of Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped CIA agents hunting for Osama bin Laden.

Judicial official Sahibzada Mohammad Anees ruled the previous judge in the case exceeded his authority when handing down last year's sentence and ordered a new trial.

Afridi's sentence angered the United States, which withheld US$33 million (S$42 million) in aid for Pakistan in retaliation. The doctor remains in custody.