The Pakistani doctor who helped the US track down Osama bin Laden has been charged with murder. Shakil Afridi was arrested after US special forces killed bin Laden in May 2011 in asecret raid that outraged Pakistan and strained relations between the two countries. Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in jail for membership of militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, an accusation he denied. But in August, Pakistan overturned his conviction, citing procedural errors and ordering a retrial. The murder charge relates to the death of a patient eight years ago in the country's rugged Khyber Agency region. The Abbottabad compound where Osama bin Laden was tracked down and killed According to the Reuters news agency, the patient's mother blamed Afridi for operating on her son without being a surgeon and causing his death. The development may anger the US, where the doctor is hailed as a hero for his work.
He ran a fake vaccination campaign to collect DNA used to confirm the al Qaeda leader was in the town of Abbottabad, where he was later killed.