Lawyer for Pakistani doctor jailed over bin Laden hunt quits amid threats

Samiullah Afridi

(Reuters) – The lawyer defending a Pakistani doctor jailed after helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden is quitting the case because of death threats and alleged U.S. interference in the trial, the lawyer said Saturday.

“I am getting threats on a regular basis. Not only is my life in danger, my family is also in danger. I have therefore decided to quit,” lawyer Samiullah Afridi said.

Afridi is representing Dr. Shakil Afridi, who was jailed for 33 years after helping the CIA find the al-Qaida chief. Bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan until U.S. Navy Seals killed him in a 2011 raid.

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