Pakistani Doctor Involved in Bin Laden Raid Accused of Treason

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani doctor who allegedly helped the United States in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is being accused of treason.

A Pakistani commission said Thursday that the government should file conspiracy and high treason charges against Shakeel Afridi.

Afridi is accused of running a fake vaccination campaign to help U.S. intelligence obtain DNA samples of bin Laden and his family.

U.S. special forces killed the al-Qaida leader during a May 2 covert operation in the garrison Pakistani town of Abbottabad.

The Pakistani government set up the commission to investigate how U.S. forces managed to track down bin Laden and carry out the operation without Pakistan's prior knowledge.

This week the panel questioned bin Laden's wives and children, who have been in Pakistani custody and barred from leaving the country since the raid. On Thursday, the commission said the al-Qaida's leaders family members were free to leave Pakistan.

Pakistan's military intelligence chief, Ahmad Shuja Pasha, was also questioned this week by the panel about how bin Laden was able to hide out in Pakistan for several years without being detected.

The commission also said Thursday that bin Laden's compound should be handed over to the civil administration in Abbottabad for “disposal” in accordance with the law.

A Supreme Court judge heads the government-appointed commission.