Shakil Afridi’s jail term cut by a decade

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PESHAWAR: A tribunal on Saturday reduced by 10 years the sentence of Dr Shakil Afridi who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden, after he was jailed for ties to militants. Afridi was convicted of treason under the country’s tribal justice system for alleged ties to militants and jailed for 33 years in May 2012. Authorities set aside the sentence in August last year on appeal and ordered a retrial, but now a tribunal has agreed to cut a decade off his jail term. “The tribunal has reduced the 33-year imprisonment to 23 years and also reduced the fine of Rs 320,000 to Rs 220,000,” defence lawyer Samiullah Afridi told AFP. Afridi said that he would appeal against the decision, as he wanted to have a new trial, as stipulated by the authorities last August. “We will appeal against this decision, because it is unjust,” Afridi said. Jamil Afridi, the brother of the jailed doctor, added, “We wanted to have a fresh trial, but the court just ruled on one point and reduced the sentence by 10 years. We will file an appeal against this decision,” Afridi told AFP. 

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