ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden before U.S. special forces killed the terrorist leader should be charged with treason, the official Pakistani inquiry into bin Laden’s presence in the country recommended Thursday.
The inquiry’s judgment on Shakeel Afridi probably will infuriate U.S. officials, who consider him a hero. If he’s convicted, Afridi could be sentenced to death.
Earlier this year, McClatchy revealed that Afridi had been secretly recruited by the CIA to help verify that bin Laden was living in a walled compound in the city of Abbottabad, a two-hour drive north of the capital, Islamabad. Afridi organized an elaborate sham immunization campaign that sent health workers to the compound in hopes of taking DNA samples.