Court allows family visits for Dr Shakil Afridi

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court Wednesday ordered authorities to allow family visits for Shakil Afridi, a doctor jailed after helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden.
Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Daud Khan issued the orders after hearing a petition by doctor Shakeel Afridi´s brother, according to defence lawyer Latif Afridi and provincial government attorney Qaiser Ali Shah.
"The writ was filed in October after authorities did not allow the family to see Shakeel Afridi in jail and the honourable court today ruled in our favour," Latif Afridi said.
"According to jail rules a prisoner can see his family members after 15 days," Afridi said.
The CIA recruited Shakeel Afridi for a fake vaccination programme in a bid to confirm the 9/11 mastermind was living in Abbottabad.
The plan was to use the drive as cover to collect DNA material after vaccinating bin Laden´s children as a way of positively identifying the Al-Qaeda leader.


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