A local Pakistani doctor may be charged with treason for allegedly aiding in the U.S. raid that killed al-Qaeda leader and FBI Most Wanted Terrorist, Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. A treason charge is being recommended by Pakistani officials that can potentially lead to a death sentence.
Dr. Shakil Afridi was taken into custody by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency in Pakistan, the country’s spy agency. The agency has been very vocal about their outrage over the covert operation that lead to Bin Laden’s death.
Dr. Shakil Afridi is accused of “conspiracy against the state of Pakistan and high treason” where officials are claiming that Dr. Afridi “could have saved Pakistan from that humiliation it faced after the operation.” Javed Hussain, a retired army brigadier went on to explain that Pakistani courts will most likely pursue this.
The evidence against Dr. Afridi claims that an immunization program he started was a fluke in accordance with CIA efforts to confirm that Osama bin Laden was hiding out in Abbottabad. The vaccination program gave reason for access to Bin Laden’s DNA.
This issue has been raising tensions between the United States and Pakistan for a variety of reasons. For one, America’s decision to execute this operation without informing Pakistan has embarrassed the Pakistani government. And secondly, the U.S. and the rest of the world are questioning how Osama bin Laden managed to live in Abbottabad for five years undetected.
Critics are now crying out about the vaccination ruse carried out by the CIA, highlighting the negative effects this will have on aid groups attempting to gain trust in militant countries.
Shortly after his death this past may, officials once again used DNA to confirm that it was in fact Osama bin Laden who died in that raid.
DNA is the most reliable means of confirming identity. DNA is 99.99% accurate because each individual has a DNA sequence that is a unique combination of genetic material from both parents. Specific sequences in a DNA are compared and examined to increase accuracy of tests.
This DNA accuracy is exactly the reason why getting Osama bin Laden’s DNA before the raid was necessary. Imagine if the raid occurred and it turned out an American operation on Pakistani land lead to the death of the wrong man?
Dr. Afridi is still in custody with the ISI and has no legal representation. The BBC has reported that the Obama Administration has called for the release of Dr. Afridi to live in the United States but the likelihood of Pakistan giving into those pressures is very slim.
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