Bin Laden death: 'CIA doctor' accused of treason

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Dr. Shakil Afridi is accused of running a CIA-sponsored fake vaccine programme in Abbottabad, where Bin Laden was killed, to try to get DNA samples.

He was arrested shortly after the May 2 US raid that killed the al-Qaeda chief.

The commission has been interviewing intelligence officials and on Wednesday spoke to Bin Laden family members.
Pakistan, which was deeply embarrassed by the raid, has described the covert US special forces operation as a violation of its sovereignty.

A government commission, headed by a former Supreme Court judge, has been charged with discovering how the US military was able to carry out the raid deep within Pakistan without being detected.

It is also investigating how Bin Laden was able to hide in Abbottabad, a garrison town, for several years.

DNA sought

After questioning Dr. Afridi, the commission said that in view of the record and evidence it was "of the view that prima facie, a case of conspiracy against the State of Pakistan and high treason" should be launched against him.

Washington has been arguing that Dr. Afridi should be freed and allowed to live in the US.

In the weeks after the Bin Laden raid, reports emerged that Dr. Afridi, a senior Pakistani doctor, had been recruited by the CIA to organise the phoney vaccine drive.

After having tracked down a Bin Laden courier to a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, the CIA wanted to confirm Bin Laden's presence by obtaining a DNA sample from the residents.

It is not clear if any DNA from Bin Laden or any family members was ever obtained.

After the raid, Pakistani authorities took three of Bin Laden's widows and two of his daughters into custody.

The commission said on Thursday that statements had been taken from them and they were no longer required for its investigation. (Source: BBC)


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  • the lion Friday, 07 October 2011 07:32 AM

    VERY GOOD WORK BY THE USA-WE MUSTN ALLOW TERRORISAM TO RULE THE WORLD BY ANY COST-

    saliya Wicks Friday, 07 October 2011 07:42 AM

    America says it must take care of its own affairs. Then let Sri Lanka, Pakistan and any other country take care of their own affairs.

    Prof Wickramatillake Friday, 07 October 2011 08:38 AM

    But someone has to destroy terrorists. Thanks to our President, mass murderer was destroyed. Where doesn't matter, we cant let innocent people and property be destroyed in fear of A maniacal human being

    TMA Friday, 07 October 2011 08:53 AM

    And let terrorists like Bin-Laden & KP roam freely

    steve Friday, 07 October 2011 09:28 AM

    There are some countries not capable of taking care of their own affairs!

    Dalu banda Friday, 07 October 2011 09:33 AM

    Their doctors can be hired by CIA against the State.

    Ranjith. BG Friday, 07 October 2011 09:38 AM

    Saliya you are 100% correct.

    ravi Friday, 07 October 2011 09:57 AM

    Is Pakistan trying to justify harbouring Bin Ladan?

    kanths Friday, 07 October 2011 11:33 AM

    My be in Al Queda's Payroll


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