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Shakil Afridi re-trial: FATA Tribunal seeks record of case

31 October, 2013

PESHAWAR: Lawyer of Dr Shakil Afridi, Samiullah Afridi arrives for the hearing of his case in FATA Tribunal.
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PESHAWAR: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas Tribunal hearing the trial of Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA track down former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, sought on Wednesday all record pertaining to the case from commissioner FCR and the political administration of Khyber tribal region.

The main counsel for Dr Afridi, Barrister Samiullah Afridi, told reporters after the hearing that denial of bail to his client amounted to violation of basic human rights and that he had sought a fresh-trial for the jailed doctor.

During the hearing Barrister Afridi submitted an application before the tribunal seeking the release on bail of his client, who is accused of colluding with banned militant outfit Lashkar-i-Islam and its chief Mangal Bagh, and a fresh re-trial of the case.

The tribunal sought all records pertaining to Dr Afridi's case from commissioner FCR and the political administration of Khyber tribal region and adjourned the hearing over the case until November 5.

Afridi was convicted and sentenced to 33 years last year in May for involvement in anti-state activities by a tribal court.

A judicial official overturned the 33-year jail sentence in August this year but Afridi remains in detention.


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