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Dr. Aafia Siddiqui declines U.S charges in NY court

August 6, 2008

It’s a long way to justice but at least she will have a chance to be heard. I hope the justice prevails.  

NEW YORK: A Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three, who is accused of Al-Qaeda links and shooting at US officers in Afghanistan has refused all the U.S allegations leveled against her that she tried to kill U.S. agents and military officers in New York court here on early Wednesday.

Wearing a maroon headscarf, she talked very softly and was asked by the judge to speak up. Down with the weakness and having a bullet wound in her leg she refused to admit allegations leveled against her by nodding her head slowly.

US officials paint Siddiqui as a desperate, highly dangerous figure arrested in Afghanistan on July 17, 2007, in possession of bomb-making instructions.Aafia Siddiqui didn’t enter a plea at her Tuesday arraignment in Manhattan federal court.

Prosecutors say she was stopped last month for questioning by Afghan police who found in her handbag documents including recipes for explosives and chemical weapons and descriptions of New York landmarks. Prosecutors say she pointed a rifle at an Army captain and fired two shots, which missed.

Siddiqui’s attorney says the case against her is absurd.

A bail hearing is set for Monday.”


Dr. Aafia declines U.S charges…


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