Pakistan jails Osama bin Laden's doctor for 33 years
May 24 , 2012
A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden has been jailed for 33 years.
Shakil Afridi has been charged with treason and was tried under the tribal justice system for running a fake vaccination program to gather information.
The U.S. State Department has declined to comment on the sentence, only saying there was "no basis" for the charges.
Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011.
The killing triggered a rift between the two nations after it emerged that bin Laden had been living in Pakistan.
In January, U.S. officials admitted Afridi had worked for U.S. intelligence to collect DNA samples to confirm bin Laden's presence.
However, it is not known whether these tests were key in locating Bin Laden.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for Afridi’s release as his involvement served both Pakistani and American interests.