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Aafia Siddique`s Sentence

24 September, 2010

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A US federal court on 23rd September, 2010, sentenced Dr Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years of imprisonment for the attempted murder of US officers in Afghanistan.

During the case hearing, Prosecutors said she had picked up the rifle and opened fire on US servicemen and FBI representatives trying to take her into detention. She missed and in a struggle was herself shot by one of the US soldiers. Defence lawyers argued there was no physical evidence, such as finger prints or gunpowder traces, to show Dr Aafia even grabbed the rifle.

Meanwhile, Dr Aafia, her face wrapped in an ivory-white shawl, denied shooting at US officers and said in rambling court commentaries that she had been held in secret prisons for years and tortured at the Bagram US military base near Kabul, where she was “brainwashed.”

After the judgement, Aafia Siddiqui, 38, a neuroscientist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, denounced the trial and said an appeal would be “a waste of time. I appeal to Allah Almighty.”

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