(ISLAMABAD) — The Pakistani surgeon who helped do reconnaissance of Osama bin Laden’s compound was not sentenced to 33 years behind bars for helping the CIA, as initially reported, new court documents show.
Instead, Dr. Shakil Afridi was punished for backing a banned terrorist group in Pakistan.
According to the documents, Afridi, 48, received his prison sentence last week for being a supporter of Lashkar-e-Islam. He allegedly provided the group with money and medical treatment, and had several longer-than-usual meetings with the group’s top commanders.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN