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Court cuts sentence for doctor who helped find bin Laden

A court in Pakistan reduced the jail term handed down to a Pakistani doctor who helped the US track down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by 10 years, according to Reuters.

Shakil Afridi was arrested after US soldiers killed bin Laden in May 2011 in a raid in a northern Pakistani town that outraged Pakistan and plunged relations between the strategic partners to a new low.

Pakistan tells the US to respect their laws after doctor helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden Credit: ITV News

A court in the city of Peshawar reduced his sentence to 23 years following repeated calls by the United States and his legal team for his release.

"We will receive a complete court order on Monday and will then challenge it at the FATA Tribunal," said Afridi's lawyer, Qamar Nadeem, referring to a higher tribal court.

Pakistan has accused the doctor of running a fake vaccination campaign in which he collected DNA samples to help the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency track down bin Laden.

Bin Laden 'wore a cowboy hat to avoid detection'

Former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden wore a cowboy hat to avoid detection from above while living in his Abbottabad compound, according to documents seen by Al Jazeera.

Osama bin Laden. Credit: Reuters

Bin Laden is believed to have entered Pakistan in early 2002 after narrowly avoiding capture by the United States in the battle of Tora Bora, Afghanistan.

The terror leader then lived in several different locations before moving to his two-storey Abbottabad compound in 2005.

A devastating earthquake hit Pakistan in October 2005, which allowed bin Laden's group to build an unauthorised floor on the compound .

The former al Qaeda leader lived a frugal lifestyle before moving to the compound, owning only six pairs of shalwar kameez - Pakistani dress - a single black jacket and two sweaters, according to his wives testimony to the Abbottabad Commission.

The inquiry was set-up by Pakistani military and political leaders to examine how the US was able to carry out the operation that killed bin Laden and the failings of the country's intelligence services.


Bin Laden thought US raid 'was the sound of a storm'

Osama bin Laden and his wife Sadah initially thought the US helicopters sent to capture the former al Qaeda leader was the sound of a storm outside, according to documents seen by Al Jazeera.

Osama bin Laden was killed in his compound in Pakistan in 2011. Credit: REUTERS/Pentagon/Handout

Bin Laden reportedly went to his balcony on May 1, 2011, to see what was happening but it was dark outside because of the moonless sky.

Sadah then went to turn the bedroom light on but bin Laden shouted 'no' and then called for his son Khalid, who was on the floor below.

The terror leader started reciting versus of the Quran with his daughters before telling his family that American helicopters had arrived and they should leave his room.

Bin Laden's daughter Sumayya told the Abbottabad Commission, which was set-up by Pakistan politicians to look into the terror leader's death, she did not see her father killed but saw his lifeless body on the floor.

She said he had been shot in the forehead and that his face was "clear" and recognisable.

Bin Laden nearly caught when 'his car was pulled over'

Osama bin Laden was nearly captured in the early 2000s when a car he was travelling in was stopped for speeding, according to documents leaked to Al Jazeera.

Osama bin Laden was killed in his compound in Pakistan in 2011. Credit: Reuters

The former al Qaeda leader was reportedly living in the Swat region, near the Pakistan border with Afghanistan, for between six to eight months in 2002 and 2003.

On one occasion bin Laden and a group he was travelling with were driving to a nearby bazaar when his car was apparently stopped.

Ibrahim al-Kuwaiti, the driver and a trusted guard, managed to "quickly settle the matter", according to his wife Maryam who was interviewed as part of the Abbottabad Commission.

The inquiry was set-up by Pakistani military and political leaders to examine how the US was able to carry out the operation that killed bin Laden and the failings of the country's intelligence services.

Some 201 witnesses were interviewed, including members of bin Laden's family, the chief of Pakistan's spy agency and other military officials.

Bin Laden's spokesman due in court in New York

A man identified as Suleiman Abu Ghaith. Credit: Reuters

Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by officials in the US in what a senior congressman called a "very significant victory" in the fight against al Qaida.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is expected to be in US federal court in New York later today in an initial hearing to face terror charges, according to a law enforcement official.

Abu Ghaith became an international name in late 2001 when he appeared on pan-Arab satellite television urging Muslims everywhere to fight the United States and warning of more attacks similar to those of September 11.


Pentagon threatens legal action against US Navy SEAL

The Pentagon has said tonight that it is considering "all remedies legally available" against former US Navy SEAL Matt Bisonnette and "those acting in concert with him" after he published a book giving a first hand account of the death of Osama bin Laden which contradicted the official version.

The Pentagon warned Bisonnette in a letter that he was in material breach of non-disclosure agreements with his book.

In the judgment of the Department of Defense, you are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed. Further public dissemination of your book will aggravate your breach and violation of your agreements.

Body of Osama bin Laden 'identified by young girl'

The compound were Osama Bin was living in before he died. Credit: ITV News

Matt Bissonnette's account of Osama bin Laden's death describes the moments when the US Navy SEALS stormed his compound and shot him in the head. Bisonnette, in his book "No Easy Way" written under the pseudonym Mark Owen, said Osama's bloodied corpse was identified by a child.

Bissonnette said one of the SEALs dressed the wounds of a woman who was shot when she lunged towards the men, and he described a terrified mother clutching her child as a young girl identifies the man in a bedroom of the house as Osama bin Laden, "seemingly unaware of the significance"

US Navy 'not sure' if bin Laden was armed when they fired

Former US Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette has revealed a different version of events of the death of Osama bin Laden, in a new book due to be published next week called "No Easy Day."

Bissonnette wrote that the SEALs spotted bin Laden at the top of a darkened hallway and shot him in the head even though they could not tell whether he was armed.

US government officials said the SEALs shot bin Laden only after he ducked back into a bedroom because they assumed he might be reaching for a weapon.

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