'Bin Laden' doctor to be retired
on 29/08/2013 14:32:53
Senior judicial official Sahibzada Mohammad Anis issued the ruling today because the person who originally sentenced doctor Shakil Afridi to 33 years in prison was not authorised to hear the case.
Although Afridi was accused of helping the CIA, he was convicted in May 2012 of conspiring with Islamic militants in Pakistan's Khyber tribal area by giving them money and medical treatment. Both Afridi's family and the militants have denied the allegation.
Afridi was tried under the Frontier Crimes Regulations, the set of laws that govern Pakistan's sem-iautonomous tribal region. Mr Anis, who ordered a retrial, is a commissioner under the regulations.