Politics

Pakistan Doctor Shakil Afridi Sentenced to 33 Years in Jail for Helping U.S. Get Bin Laden

| by Michael Allen

Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor, who helped the U.S. government find and kill Osama bin Laden was sentenced to jail on Wednesday.

Pakistani officials say that Afridi will serve 33 years for conspiring against the state, even though the Pakistan government has repeatedly claimed that they were trying to find bin Laden.

Shakil Afridi worked with the CIA to collect DNA to verify that bin Laden was in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where U.S. Navy SEALS killed bin Laden last May.

Pakistani officials, who have accepted millions of U.S. tax dollars in the "war on terror," viewed Afridi's act as treachery.

U.S. officials have called for Afridi to be released, saying he served both Pakistani and American interests, reports Fox News.

One Pakistani intelligence official, speaking anonymously, slammed Afridi: "He was working for a foreign spy agency. We are looking after our national interests."

Under Pakistan's Frontier Crimes Regulations, there is no right to legal representation, to present material evidence or cross-examine witnesses. Afridi can appeal the verdict to the FCR commissioner within two months.