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Pakistan court reduces sentence of doctor who helped find Osama bin Laden

Published on Mar 15, 2014 6:09 PM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) - A Pakistani tribunal on Saturday reduced by 10 years the sentence of a doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden, after he was jailed for ties to militants.

Shakeel Afridi was convicted of treason under the country's tribal justice system for alleged ties to militants and jailed for 33 years in May 2012.

Authorities set aside the sentence in August last year on appeal and ordered a retrial, but now a tribunal has agreed to cut a decade off his jail term.

"The tribunal has reduced the 33-year imprisonment to 23 years and also reduced the fine of 320,000 rupees (S$4,075) to 220,000 rupees," defence lawyer Samiullah Afridi told AFP.

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