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Charges against Dr Shakeel Afridi a pack of lies: Jamil

29 May, 2012

PESHAWAR: The family of Dr Shakeel Afridi, who was convicted for helping the US in tracking al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, came out to defend him as his brother on Monday said the charges against him were 'a pack of lies'.

"Our brother has been made a scapegoat," Jamil Afridi, brother of Shakeel Afridi, told reporters in his maiden appearance since the physician was arrested in May last year. "Everybody knew where Osama was," he said.

Jamil Afridi, a teacher by profession, said his brother "never worked against the country's interests and all charges against him are baseless. There is no truth in the charges at all".

"He is not a spy. This allegation from our security agencies is fabricated and baseless," Jamil said, adding, "My brother has an American visa. Had he done anything wrong, he could have fled the country. But he did not... it shows his innocence."

Jamil said his brother was not being allowed to meet his family. "We have been seeking a meeting with him and the authorities have been denying it to us," he said. "We want to meet him to get his signature on a letter of attorney as a panel of lawyers is preparing to file an appeal against his conviction."

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