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Rep. Rohrabacher: Dr. Afridi Should be Released, Not Retried

Aug 29, 2013

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today applauded the Pakistani government’s decision to throw out the conviction of Dr. Shakil Afridi as “a big step in the right direction. This heroic doctor should never have been charged with a crime in the first place. This at least gives Pakistan a chance to redeem itself.”

Dr. Afridi was instrumental in indentifying the location of mass murderer Osama bin Laden, which permitted Navy SEALs to their job. That Bin Laden was clearly given safe haven by high officials in the Pakistani government was an insult to the 3,000 Americans who were slaughtered on 9/11 by Bin Laden’s terrorist network.

“Hopefully Pakistan will take a second look and totally free Dr. Afridi. Until then, Congress must assume that Pakistan has a government hostile to the United States.” 

Congressman Rohrabacher also applauded the diplomatic efforts as well as the hard work and commitment of American citizens across the country who have stood up for this heroic person who helped bring to justice the terrorist mastermind behind 9/11. “Sometimes our government speaks softly, but every American patriot has demanded that Dr. Afridi not be abandoned.”

Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.