Afridi denies helping the CIA.
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Lawyer Samiullah Khan Afridi said he made the decision after he received what he described as a "final" warning from militants.A Pakistani court later reduced Afridi's sentence 23 years on appeal.Afridi is widely believed to have been targeted by Pakistani authorities because of running the vaccination program that collected DNA to try to verify bin Laden's presence in the town of Abbottabad. U.S. commandos killed the Al-Qaeda chief in a unilateral raid in 2011, angering and embarrassing Pakistan's government. In their eyes, Afridi was a traitor who had collaborated with a foreign spy agency in an illegal operation on Pakistani soil.Afridi through his lawyers has denied helping the CIA, though U.S. lawmakers have confirmed he had a role in the hunt for bin Laden.
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