Five years after his fake vaccination program helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) track and kill Osama bin Laden, Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi languishes in jail, abandoned by the US, say supporters, in its attempt to smooth troubled relations with Islamabad.
Afridi, believed to be in his mid-50s, has no access to a lawyer, and his appeal against a 33-year prison sentence has been stalled.
“I have no hope of meeting him, no expectation for justice,” his elder brother Jamil said.
The former senior surgeon lives in solitary confinement in a small room, according to his lawyer, able to see his immediate family no more than six times a year.
Afridi’s role in one of the most famous assassinations of recent decades is murky.
Details of how he was sought out by the CIA are unclear — Pakistani reports suggest officials at Save the Children acted as go-betweens, though the charity denies involvement. Read More