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

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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