Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pakistani Doctor Who Helped The U.S. Find Bin Laden On Hunger Strike In Jail

Shakil Afridi talks with people outside a building at an unknown location in Pakistan. Reuters

Pakistan Doctor In Bin Laden Case Starts Hunger Strike -- Reuters

(Reuters) - The Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hunt down Osama bin Laden started a hunger strike in his jail cell this week to protest against his living conditions, prison officials said on Thursday.

Shakil Afridi was sentenced in May to 33 years in jail for his links to a banned militant group. The decision was widely seen as punishment for helping the CIA find the al Qaeda leader, and has led to strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.

Prison officials in the northwestern city of Peshawar said they are keeping Afridi in solitary confinement and will not allow him to have visitors nor speak to anyone by telephone as punishment for a media interview he gave in September.

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My Comment: Faced with spending the next 33 years in jail because of his assistance to the CIA in finding Bin Laden .... and all but ignored by the U.S. .... this is the only way it appears that he can get attention to his case. Unfortunately .... with the exception of a few international news outlets .... his case is being ignored in the U.S.

Update: Pakistan is saying that he is not on a hunger strike.

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