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Pakistan: Jailed doctor involved in Bin Laden killing voices torture claims

last updated Sep 12, 2012

Shakil Afridi, the doctor involved in finding Osama Bin Laden prior to his assassination, has allegedly given a phone interview to Fox News from his prison cell in Pakistan Central Jail claiming that he was tortured by the notorious Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in jail for supporting a militant group but there is broad consensus that he is punished for his cooperation with the CIA.

According to Fox News, Afridi was arrested following the killing of Osamba Bin Laden in May 2011 and held in a prison beneath the ISI headquarters in Islamabad. He denies that he knew of the specific target Osama Bin Laden when he used a fake hepatitis B vaccination campaign to obtain DNA samples for the CIA. Afridi was allegedly blindfolded for eight months and handcuffed for a year as well as subjected to torture practices such as cigarette burns and electric shocks. The interviewed doctor claimed that the ISI repeatedly said that “the Americans are our worst enemies, worse than the Indians”.

The lawyer of Shakil Afridi denies the authenticity of the interview. The United States Department of State said that they could not verify the alleged interview but would be concerned if the claims were true.

BBC News: Bin Laden raid doctor Shakil Afridi speaks out

FOX News: Jailed doc who helped nail Bin Laden warns Pakistan sees U.S. as 'worst enemy'

The News: US concern over Afridi’s torture claims

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