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Lawyer pulls out of case of Pakistani doctor who helped find bin Laden

Published on May 11, 2014 12:31 AM

PESHAWAR (AFP) - The lawyer of a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden on Saturday said he was withdrawing from the case after receiving threats against his life from militant groups.

"I have been receiving threats from militant outfits including Lashkar-e-Islam and the Taleban for quite some time but I kept working as defence lawyer on human rights ground," defence lawyer Samiullah Afridi said.

"However, a few people belonging to Taleban met me two days ago and asked me to disassociate from the case or be prepared to face serious consequences," he said.

When asked what that meant, he said: "In a tribal area where I am living, serious consequences means elimination... I have decided after consulting my close friends to disassociate from the case."

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