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Brother of Jailed Pakistani Doctor Urges New Trial

Jamil Afridi, left, brother of Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi holds news conference, Peshawar, Pakistan, May 28, 2012.Jamil Afridi, left, brother of Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi holds news conference, Peshawar, Pakistan, May 28, 2012.
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Jamil Afridi, left, brother of Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi holds news conference, Peshawar, Pakistan, May 28, 2012.
Jamil Afridi, left, brother of Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi holds news conference, Peshawar, Pakistan, May 28, 2012.
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The brother of a Pakistani doctor jailed for helping the United States track down Osama bin Laden says his sibling is innocent and should be granted a new trial.

A tribal court in northwest Pakistan last week sentenced Shakil Afridi to 33 years in prison for treason. Afridi was accused of running a fake vaccination campaign to help the CIA obtain DNA samples of the al-Qaida leader and members of his family to confirm bin Laden's presence at a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

Afridi's brother, Jamil, told reporters in Peshawar Monday that the doctor did not get a fair trial and the verdict will be appealed. He said his brother is not a traitor and has been made a "scapegoat" by Pakistani politicians.  Jamil Afridi called on Pakistan's chief justice to facilitate the appeals process.

In an interview later with VOA's Deewa Radio, he expressed concern about his brother's detention and said Shakil should be given protection inside prison. Jamil Afridi also said he should be given the opportunity to meet with his brother.

The United States has criticized Shakil Afridi's conviction and sentencing as "unjust and unwarranted" and called for his release. Pakistan has rejected the criticism, saying the U.S. should respect its judicial system.

The verdict comes amid already tense relations between the United States and Pakistan. Islamabad has not yet reopened a NATO supply route to Afghanistan that was shut down after U.S. airstrikes mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani troops last November.

Pakistan's parliament has demanded an apology for the cross-border attack and an end to U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani soil.

But the drone attacks have continued. Missiles hit a compound and a vehicle in the North Waziristan tribal region early Monday. Pakistani security officials said at least five militants were killed in the town of Hassokhel near Mir Ali.  Hours later, another drone strike killed at least four militants near North Waziristan's main town of Miran Shah.

Since May 24 there have been at least four such drone strikes targeting al-Qaida and Taliban-linked militants in Pakistan's northwest.

Elsewhere in Pakistan's tribal area, officials said gunmen opened fire on a passenger van carrying Shi'ite Muslims in the Lower Kurram agency, killing three people.

Six others were wounded in Monday's attack. The van was traveling from the city of Parachinar to the city of Peshawar. The area has seen sectarian violence between majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shi'ites.

And police in the northern district of Kohistan are investigating reports that a local cleric has issued decrees sentencing two men and four women to death for dancing together at a wedding.

Local official Khalid Umarzai said that video of the dancing, which was taken on a cell phone, seems to be manipulated and that eight people have been detained for leaking it. He said officers have been dispatched to the area to provide security for the four women, who have been confined to their homes since the decree was issued. The men shown in the video reportedly ran away.

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by: Malek Tauqee/Towghi from: USA
May 29, 2012 11:59 AM
I salute our enlightened & heroic Pashtun brother, Dr. Shakil Afridi who courageously stood up against the dark forces responsible for the destruction of the Pashtun lands and the whole region. With Love, Dr. Malek Tauqee/Towghi, Liaison, Baloch Human Rights International


by: Observer from: Asia
May 29, 2012 12:57 AM
The US army should have gone into Afghanistan and Pakistan simultaneously instead of Iraq. Had that happened, Al-Qaeda would have been dismantled much earlier. It did not happen because probably the US was apprehensive of Pakistan as it is still now.

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