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January 18, 2010

Reputed Al Qaeda Supporter Set For NYC Trial

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishupdates @ 7:53 pm

Reputed Al Qaeda Supporter Set For NYC Trial

A Pakistani scientist who has been prone to rants in the courtroom is set for trial on attempted murder charges in New York.

Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday in Aafia Siddiqui’s trial in Manhattan federal court.

A judge had the 37-year-old Siddiqui removed from court Thursday after she interrupted questioning of potential jurors about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

She told them she had nothing to do with the attacks and suggested Israel was behind them.

Authorities have linked Siddiqui to al-Qaeda, although she’s not facing terrorism charges.

Prosecutors accuse Siddiqui of having ties to al-Qaida and say she grabbed a U.S. Army officer’s M-4 rifle in Afghanistan, pointed it at an Army captain and cried “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.” They say she fired at U.S. soldiers and FBI agents before she was shot and wounded by an Army officer.

A defense attorney has disputed that account, saying the U.S. government has the facts wrong.

(Source: WCBSTV)


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