MMRGlobal during the time of the Oscars lead an effort to try and get some relief for the doctor who is now imprisoned in Pakistan that lead the US to the eradication of Bin Laden. Here’s an update and also I have provided a link on the right hand side of the blog if you want to add your name to the White House petition to get the good doctor out of jail. The Fox article here adds some additional information obtained since the original effort (link below) was announced back in February. It really doesn’t sound fair that the doctor has been placed in jail for his good deeds.
Doctor Who Helped US Find Bin Laden Sits Jailed in Pakistan–Will Zero Dark Thirty Nominated for an Oscar Help Free America’s Abandoned Hero?–Update
Afridi is serving a 33-year sentence after being convicted of colluding with terrorists, which I don’t know if they consider the US part of that category or not, hope not. The doctor was able to use DNA to get the positive identification that it was in fact Bin Laden in the compound. More signatures are needed to get the White House to move on the topic and if you have ever signed any of these before then you realize there’s a certain number needed. On the right hand side of this blog I have a permanent link to the back information and links to sign the petition. I signed it as it doesn’t seem fair at all that the good doctor ended up in jail for his heroic efforts to help rid the world of the former #1 sought terrorist. Pakistan is an ally of the US and receives billions of dollars from the US every year too. BD
MMRGlobal, MyMedicalRecords.com is a sponsor of the Medical Quack and is part of the RHL Group and has underwritten this effort.
Sources privy to the meeting said the judge, who is also the Frontier Crimes Regulation Commissioner, told Afridi’s lawyers “we will try our best to hear and conclude the case on the same day,” at an April 25 hearing. The sources said Afridi’s family took the judge’s comments as a sign the court may finally be ready to move forward, after issuing more than 10 postponements in the appeal case.
“We hope the court will dispose the case, setting Afridi free. But there is 50-50 chance the judge may not,” said one source. “Usually once the judge hears the final statements from both the defendant and prosecutor and is able to pass judgment, the orders are given immediately or the next day.”
A U.S. official told Fox News last week that “the U.S. did everything it could to help Dr. Afridi following the raid. There were a number of options available to Afridi and his family to leave the country.” That claim has been disputed by others who say a complication in the U.S. exfiltration plan for Afridi made it impossible for the doctor and his family to safely leave Pakistan before he was arrested.
Afridi is serving a 33-year sentence after being convicted of colluding with terrorists, though it is accepted he is being punished for his role in the CIA bin Laden operation. As part of the effort to positively identify bin Laden, Afridi set up a Hepatitis B vaccination program and collected DNA samples to try and verify the Al Qaeda leader and his family were at a compound in Abbottabad, 80 miles from the Pakistani capital Islamabad.