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Doctor Who Helped Find Bin Laden Hideout Gets 33 Years


Pakistani authorities have sentenced a doctor charged with helping the United States find Al-Qaeda militant leader Osama bin Laden to 33 years in prison.

The doctor, Shakil Afridi, was charged with running a fake vaccination campaign in Abbotabad that helped identify bin Laden's hiding place in the northern Pakistan city.

Afridi, who was sacked as a government doctor two months ago, was found guilty under the justice system in Khyber district, part of Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal belt.

U.S. forces raided bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad and killed him in May last year.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on May 23 that Washington saw "no basis" for Pakistan to detain or charge Afridi.

And U.S. Senators Carl Levin and John McCain issued a joint statement calling Afridi's sentence "shocking and outrageous."

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP