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'Bin Laden' doctor to be retried

The prison sentence of a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been overturned and a retrial ordered.

Senior judicial official Sahibzada Mohammad Anis issued the ruling on Thursday because the person who originally sentenced doctor Shakil Afridi to 33 years in prison was not authorised to hear the case.

Although Afridi was accused of helping the CIA, he was convicted in May 2012 of conspiring with Islamic militants in Pakistan's Khyber tribal area by giving them money and medical treatment. Both Afridi's family and the militants have denied the allegation.

Afridi was tried under the Frontier Crimes Regulations, the set of laws that govern Pakistan's sem-iautonomous tribal region. Mr Anis, who ordered a retrial, is a commissioner under the regulations.

Bin Laden was killed by a US special forces raid on his house in Abbottabad in 2011.


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