Osama Bin Laden Doctor Languishes in Pakistan Jail
Osama Bin Laden doctor Shakeel Afridi languishes in jail abandoned by the US. Afridi believed to be his mid-50 has no access to a lawyer and his appeal against a 23 year prison sentence has stalled.
‘’ I have no hpe of meeting him, no expectation for justice,’’ his elder brother Jamil told AFP.
The former senior surgeon lives in solidatary confinement in a room. According to his lawyer, able to see his immediate family no more than six times a year, Afridi’s role in one of the most famous assassination of recent decades is murky.
Afridi job was to run a fake Hepatitis C vaccination program with the aim of obtaining genetic samples from Abbottabad. A garrison city and home to the Pakistan Military Academy country’s answer to Westpoint.
It was there that Al-Qaeda chief Bin Laden and his family had set up home in the mid-2000s under the noses and some say protection of senior Pakistani military officers.
May 2, 2011 raid
On May 2011 in the darkness two helicopters full elite Navy Seals touched down inside the compound of Osama Bin Laden. They shot him in the head and fled with his body abandoning a damaged Black Hawk helicopter.
It was counted as huge success for US President Barack Obama. Whose country was profound scarred by the attacks on New York and Washington of September 2001.
Shakeel Afridi arrest
Weeks after the raid Afridi was arrested and thrown in jail accused of having ties to militants a charge he has always denied. A furious US senate committee voted to cut aid to Islamabad by $33 million-$1 million for each year of his original sentence. The sentence was cut by 10 years.
‘’ In Washington the issue has likely moved off the front burner because it’s clear that Pakistan isn’t willing to play ball and negotiate an arrangement that could set him free’’. Michael Kugelman.