Aafia Is Ruled Fit for U.S. Trial in October

July 31, 2009
Aafia Is Ruled Fit for U.S. Trial in October
(Note: I am forced to add my comments in it)

 

31/07/2009

By BENJAMIN WEISER SOURCE: New York Times

 

Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist accused of trying to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in Afghanistan, has been found competent to stand trial by a federal judge in Manhattan. (She is fit for trial or not but the real question is whether US court itself is fit for delivering justice or to analyze cooked stories of FBI & US authorities. To have a glimpse of US Department of Justice see ” Death Merchants & US Department of Justice “)

The judge, Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court, said in a 36-page decision issued on Wednesday that Ms. Siddiqui “has a rational as well as a factual understanding of the proceedings against her” and could assist her lawyers with her defense. He set a trial date for Oct. 19. (Offcourse she do know very well, what kind of brutality has been shown against her in almost 6 years of detention).

In a competency hearing this month, psychological experts offered differing testimony as to whether Ms. Siddiqui was suffering from a genuine mental disorder, as her lawyer argued, or was faking symptoms of mental illness, as prosecutors maintained.

(Faking symptoms of mental illness ??? One could easily assess from her present condition, the kind of torture she has gone through)Ms. Siddiqui, 37, who studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University, repeatedly interrupted the hearing with a series of occasionally heated outbursts. She declared that she was “not psychotic,” denied shooting anyone, and complained about being strip-searched. “I want to make peace with the United States of America,” she said at one point. “I’m not an enemy. I never was.”

 

Records introduced in court showed that Ms. Siddiqui had also spoken of having visions of flying infants, a dog in her cell and children visiting her.A psychologist retained by the defense found that she was suffering from a delusional disorder and was not competent for trial. Her lawyer, Dawn M. Cardi, said after the hearing that her outbursts were “an example of her mental illness.”Two government-retained psychiatrists said Ms. Siddiqui was competent to stand trial. A prosecutor, Christopher L. LaVigne, told the judge that she was malingering in an “attempt to avoid responsibility” for her crimes. (We also promise, that we wil not let you to avoid responsibility of 6 years of her secret imprisonment and torture).

Ms. Siddiqui was taken into custody last July in Afghanistan after she was found loitering outside a provincial governor’s compound with suspicious items in her handbag, the authorities have said. The items included handwritten notes that referred to a “mass casualty attack,” and listed landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, an indictment says. While she was being held, the indictment charges, she picked up an unsecured rifle and fired at least two shots toward a member of an American team of F.B.I. agents and military personnel who were about to question her. No one was hit. She was charged with attempted murder and other charges, and has pleaded not guilty.

(Huhhh… sounds like a jeckie Chun or James Bond’s movie… This story is an insult to intelligence of not only americans but for the rest of the world as well)Ms. Cardi was unavailable for comment on the ruling. Yusill Scribner, a spokeswoman for the United States attorney’s office, had no comment.In his ruling, Judge Berman said the defense had failed to meet its burden of proving that Ms. Siddiqui was incompetent to stand trial. And he suggested that there was some evidence to support the contention that she was malingering.During the hearing, he wrote, Ms. Siddiqui’s demeanor had been initially “polite and appropriate,” but it “changed almost instantaneously” after a prosecutor called attention to the fact that there had been no outbursts from Ms. Siddiqui. Immediately thereafter, Judge Berman wrote, she “became much more loquacious, outspoken and difficult in the courtroom.”

Those who consider themselves Champions of Human and specially women’s rights, they have no idea what mistake they have done by detaining and torturing daugther of Muslim Ummah. Case of Dr Afia Siddiqui has fully exposed, that there is no rule of law, no courts, no justice and no human rights whatsoever.

 


 

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Aafia rejects govt’s offer for lawyer

July 28, 2009

Aafia rejects govt’s offer for lawyer

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Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is a Muslimah and will never compromise on her self respect, dignity and honor. She has refused to take help from the Government PAID Lawyer. In real, she deserves a lawyer with fear of Allah and Sincere ways like Quaid-e-Azam. BrassTacks appeals the lawyers of Pakistan to come forward and volunteer to fight the case of our Muslim Sister and to defend the honor of the Ummah.

Aafia rejects govt’s offer for lawyer By Masood Haider (Dawn)

NEW YORK, July 20: The government of Pakistan on Monday renewed its offer to Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist who is US prison in Brooklyn, to hire a defence lawyer for her, Pakistan embassy officials here said.

The offer was conveyed by Ambassador Husain Haqqani who telephoned her on Monday and urged her to “cooperate with the government’s effort to seek her release”.

Ms Siddiqui, who has been charged with firing on American soldier while in US custody in Afghanistan last year, firmly rejected the offer and instead asked the government to help Muslims the world over as the US was “attacking Islam and all the Muslims”.

According to an embassy spokesman, the ambassador advised her to “take the legal route” and offered to hire “any lawyer she names” to defend her in the court.

Also See:

Shall We Wait for Angels to Come & Rescue Dr Afia

Heart Breaking Nasheed on Dr Afia Siddiqui

Ex-gitmo detainee reveals identity of prisoner 650 as Dr. Siddiqui

Dr Afia Siddiqui Children Report By Rabiah Baig

The intriguing case of Dr Aafiya Siddiqui -by Yvonne Ridley

Watch Story of Dr Afia in GEO FIR

Video : Yvonne ridley -The plight of Dr Aafia Siddiqui

Video : Mozaam begg-The Plight of Dr. Aafia Sidiqui

Videos Updates : Dr Afia Sddiqui

Prisoner No. 650 and a war on innocents



Shall We Wait for Angels to Come & Rescue Dr Afia

July 24, 2009

By Waqas Ahmed

It’s a moment of shame for all of us that since last one year, from July 2008 when Dr Afia’s case was brought in the media by people like Yvonne Ridely and Moazzam Begg, we are still waiting for angels to come from Skies to rescue our Sister.

We have politicians who can shake the government, opponents and can run movements in the name of so called freedom of justice, yet they find it hard to pressurize the government to take the Dr Afia’s case seriously. We have politicians who are experts in negotiating rescheduling of Loans, yet they find it hard to negotiate Dr Afia’s release with US Authorities. We have politician who claims to be Companion of Oppressed yet they remain silent on Dr Afia’s case.

Its now time that we peoples of Pakistan should exert all our efforts to pressurize our government in all ways. We should keep this case alive and should bring it to top priorities for ourselves, for our government.

To pressurize US Government, Pakistan should immediately withdraw transit facilities given for US and NATO Military Shipments to Afghanistan, as the US continues to keep Dr. Afia in their custody on the basis of their cooked story on which no one can believe.

To support this join Facebook Group:

Stop US/NATO shipments for Release of Dr Afia Siddiqui

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=101968697859

Also See:

Heart Breaking Nasheed on Dr Afia Siddiqui

Ex-gitmo detainee reveals identity of prisoner 650 as Dr. Siddiqui

Dr Afia Siddiqui Children Report By Rabiah Baig

The intriguing case of Dr Aafiya Siddiqui -by Yvonne Ridley

Watch Story of Dr Afia in GEO FIR

Video : Yvonne ridley -The plight of Dr Aafia Siddiqui

Video : Mozaam begg-The Plight of Dr. Aafia Sidiqui

Videos Updates : Dr Afia Sddiqui

Prisoner No. 650 and a war on innocents

Video: Moazzam Begg on detainment, torture, and civil liberties

Yvonne Ridely – Against Islamophobia

Movie: The Road to Guantanamo

 


Heart Breaking Nasheed on Dr Afia Siddiqui

July 24, 2009

Also see:

The intriguing case of Dr Aafiya Siddiqui -by Yvonne Ridley

Watch Story of Dr Afia in GEO FIR

Video : Yvonne ridley -The plight of Dr Aafia Siddiqui

Video : Mozaam begg-The Plight of Dr. Aafia Sidiqui

Videos Updates : Dr Afia Sddiqui

Prisoner No. 650 and a war on innocents

Video: Moazzam Begg on detainment, torture, and civil liberties

Yvonne Ridely – Against Islamophobia

Movie: The Road to Guantanamo

Hard Talk with Moazzam Begg

Interview of Ex Guantanamo Gaurd Who Embraced Islam

Two Muslim Women Raped by CIA Station Chief in Algeria