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US welcomes reduced sentence for doctor who helped find bin Laden but says it's still unjust


WASHINGTON — The United States says the 10-year sentence reduction for the doctor said to have helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden is a positive step but that his jail term is still unjust.

A Pakistani judicial official Saturday reduced Shakil Afridi's (shah-KEEL ah-FREE-dee) sentence from 33 years to 23 years.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH'-kee) told reporters Tuesday the U.S. is continuing to tell Pakistan that the conviction sends the wrong message about "our shared interest in counterterrorism and in particular, bringing Osama bin Laden to justice."

Afridi was convicted of helping Islamic militants in 2012, but it's widely believed that he is being punished for his role in helping the CIA find bin Laden. U.S. commandos killed the al-Qaida chief in 2011.

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