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Pakistan reduces sentence for doctor who aided US

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A Pakistani judicial official reduced on Saturday the 33-year jail sentence of a doctor alleged to have helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden to 23 years, one of his lawyers said.

Shakil Afridi was convicted in May 2012 by a tribal court in the northwest. According to his lawyer, the charges were related to allegations that he gave money and provided medical treatment to Islamic militants.

His lawyer, Qamar Nadeem, said judicial official Munir Azam dropped one of those charges: waging war against Pakistan.

Afridi is widely believed to have been targeted by Pakistani authorities because of allegations that he ran a vaccination program to collect DNA and verify bin Laden's presence in the town of Abbottabad, although his conviction was not related to this accusation. U.S. commandos killed the al-Qaida chief in 2011.

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