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Lawyer For Doctor Who Helped CIA Flees Pakistan

Samiullah Afridi has reportedly fled the country
Samiullah Afridi has reportedly fled the country
Samiullah Afridi, the lawyer for the doctor who collected DNA samples for the CIA to help find Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has fled Pakistan after receiving death threats.

Co-workers and relatives of Afridi confirmed the lawyer had left Pakistan, fearing for his life.

Afridi was defending Dr. Shakil Afridi, the man whose vaccination program in the city of Abbottabad helped find bin Laden, who was then killed by U.S. special forces in May 2011.

Dr. Afridi is facing murder charges related to the death of a patient eight years ago.

The lawyer's associates and relatives, all of whom requested anonymity, said militants had threated to kill attorney Afridi and his family.

Samiullah Afridi is the second member of the doctor's legal team to flee Pakistan.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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