Lawyer for doctor who helped CIA hunt bin Laden, shot dead

March 17, 2015 8:39 PM

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A Pakistani lawyer who received death threats for defending a doctor who helped CIA agents hunt Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden was shot to death on Tuesday by a Taliban splinter group, according to reports.

Samiullah Afridi represented Dr. Shakil Afridi, who was believed to have helped the U.S. intelligence agency track down bin Laden. Afridi was jailed in 2012 for 33 years for running a fake vaccination campaign. That sentence was overturned in 2013 and the doctor is now in jail awaiting a new trial.

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