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Thursday
Sep292011

Pakistan Allows Osama Bin Laden Bodyguard to Go Free

AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Pakistan has freed a former bodyguard of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

An Afghan Islamic Press report says the release of Dr. Amin al Haq occurred several weeks ago because Pakistani security officials were supposedly unable to prove that Haq was linked to al Qaeda even though he was a known senior commander of the terrorist group.

The report said Haq was also freed because he was in poor health.

Described as the security coordinator of bin Laden's Black Guard, Haq was initially detained by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency three years ago before he was turned over to police in Peshawar.  A court then released Haq, claiming that he had been improperly arrested.

This latest development certainly won't help to mend deteriorating relations between Washington and Islamabad.

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