Verdict due next week for Pakistani doctor linked to CIA's bin Laden search

Samiullah Afridi, lawyer for Dr. Shakil Afridi, after a hearing in Peshawar on October 30, 2013.

Story highlights

  • Dr. Shakil Afridi is accused of working with the CIA to verify bin Laden's whereabouts
  • He was convicted in 2012 of anti-state activities but the verdict was overturned in August
  • A court says it will deliver the verdict in his retrial on December 18

A Pakistani court hearing the retrial of a doctor accused of helping the United States find Osama bin Laden said Monday that it would announce its verdict on December 18.

The prosecution and defense completed their arguments in the case of Dr. Shakil Afridi before the Federally Administered Tribal Areas Tribunal. The court then set the date for delivering the verdict.

Afridi, a physician by profession, was accused of assisting the CIA in obtaining DNA samples of bin Laden through a fake vaccination campaign and was sentenced last year by a tribal court to 33 years in prison for involvement in anti-state activities.

Afridi appealed the conviction. A Pakistani judicial commissioner overturned the conviction in August and ordered a retrial.

U.S. special forces killed bin Laden at compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad in May 2011.