Pakistani Doctor Accused of Treason

A Pakistani state commission recommended Thursday that the doctor who helped the U.S. locate Osama bin Laden be charged with treason. Dr. Shakeel Afridi allegedly ran a fake Hepatitis B vaccination drive in Abbottabad under the CIA’s direction to help confirm bin Laden’s whereabouts. Afridi was arrested by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence three weeks after the secret raid killed bin Laden, and has been held without a lawyer ever since. The U.S. has pressured Pakistan to release Afridi since his arrest, but Pakistani spies are reportedly furious over the raid and Pakistan has indicated Afridi will face a stiff penalty. The Pakistani state commission also announced Thursday that they were ending restrictions on bin Laden’s wife and children, who have been in custody since bin Laden’s death on May 2—a move which could pave the way for them to be extradited to Yemen or Saudi Arabia.