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Lawyer for Osama Bin Laden resigns over death threats

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 01:43

May.11 - The lawyer for a doctor accused of helping the US find Osama Bin Laden says he has dropped the case after receiving frequent death threats. Sarah Toms reports.

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This is video of Dr. Shakil Afridi addressing a crowd on the threat of polio. But the doctor is also infamous in Pakistan for using the cover of a door-to-door vaccination campaign to help the U.S. find Bin Laden. Now Dr Afridi's lawyer has resigned from the case he took up two years ago because of safety concerns. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) LAWYER SAMIULLAH AFRIDI, SAYING: "The problems that we have faced in the past two years are not hidden from anyone. I have been receiving threats from various organisations and because of those threats I even went to Dubai some time back. So one reason is these threats. Some organisations do not want us to continue defending this case. I am getting threats almost on a regular basis. Not only is my life in danger, my family is also in danger. I have therefore decided to quit this case." Lawyer Samiullah Afridi -- who is not related to the doctor -- says US pressure on Pakistan to release the doctor was "inappropriate" and was hindering the case. Dr Afridi was convicted of ties to militant groups, which he denies, and sentenced to 33 years in jail. The al-Qaeda leader was hiding in this compound in Abbottabad until U.S. Navy Seals shot him in a 2011 raid. Pakistan was not informed of the raid, which plunged relations between the two countries to an all time low.

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Lawyer for Osama Bin Laden resigns over death threats

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 01:43