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Sentence of Doctor in bin Laden Hunt Cut

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Pakistani surgeon Shakeel Afridi, who was working for CIA to help find Osama bin Laden, attending a Malaria control campaign in Khyber tribal district, July 22, 2010.
A Pakistani tribunal has taken 10 years off the 33-year sentence of a doctor who helped the U.S. spy agency find Osama bin Laden.

Shakil Afridi was convicted in May of 2012, not of working for the CIA, but on charges of giving money and providing medical treatment to Islamic militants.

Afridi is believed to have been targeted by Pakistani authorities because of allegations that he ran a vaccination program to collect DNA and verify bin Laden's presence in the town of Abbottabad.

The tribunal's ruling Saturday in the northwestern city of Pashawar came in response to an application by Afridi's lawyer for a new trial. The court rejected the request.

Afridi may still appeal further.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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