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Siddiqui Vows To Boycott Her NYC Trial

In the rush of events we almost missed this from the Associated Press:

Al-Qaida suspect promises NY trial boycott

By LARRY NEUMEISTER (AP)

November 19, 2009

NEW YORK — A U.S.-trained scientist accused of shooting at FBI agents and helping al-Qaida vowed Thursday to boycott her January trial.

Aafia Siddiqui interrupted lawyers at her pretrial hearing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to announce that she did not plan to participate in her trial, scheduled for Jan. 19.

"I am boycotting this trial," she said. "I am innocent of all the charges and I can prove it, but I will not do it in this court."

Siddiqui was brought to the United States in August 2008 after she was accused of grabbing a U.S. Army officer’s rifle in Afghanistan several weeks earlier and firing at U.S. soldiers and FBI agents.

She was shot in the abdomen in the fight and was charged with attempted murder and assault.

Lawyers for Siddiqui tried to convince the court that she was mentally incompetent to stand trial, citing in part her refusal to cooperate with lawyers and the reports of a psychologist who said she suffers from delusional disorder and depression.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman rejected that argument after prosecutors pointed to psychological reports that concluded she was faking mental illness.

Berman on Thursday rejected defense arguments aimed at tossing out charges against the 37-year-old woman that carry a potential minimum prison sentence of 30 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Before he ruled on the request, Siddiqui said visits by her lawyers were "torture for me" and it was a waste of money for lawyers to go to Afghanistan to interview witnesses because she was not participating in the trial…

Siddiqui is a specialist in neuroscience who trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University. She fled to her native Pakistan in 2003.

So does this sound more like what were are about to get in the Major Hasan trial or in the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial?

Or both?

Still, it’s odd that Ms. Siddiqui has claimed that she suffered from second hand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Maybe, despite being a “specialist in neuroscience,” even she hadn’t heard about that one.

But all of these trials beg the question: why don’t these defendants cite their religious persuasion as a mental illness?

They would be able to produce reams of evidence to support the claim.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Siddiqui Vows To Boycott Her NYC Trial”

  1. canary says:

    AP: Al-Qaida suspect promises NY trial boycott
    By Larry Neumeister Nov 19, 2009

    NEW YORK (AP) – A U.S.-trained scientist…….Aafia Siddiqui interrupted lawyers at her pretrial hearing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan…..

    “I am boycotting this trial,” she said…”

    Siddiqui was brought to the United States in August 2008 after she was accused of grabbing a U.S. Army officer’s rifle in Afghanistan several weeks earlier and firing at U.S. soldiers and FBI agents.

    … Siddiqui tried to convince the court that she was mentally incompetent to stand trial,….U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman rejected that argument after prosecutors pointed to psychologicalreports that concluded she was faking mental illness.

    ~~~ Siddiqui said visits by her lawyers were “torture for me”….

    Siddiqui is a specialist in neuroscience who trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University. She fled to her native Pakistan in 2003.

    http://www.cbs8.com/global/story.asp?s=11541373

  2. GL0120 says:

    What does she have to worry about? With TCO and Holder running things she’ll be acquitted and probably given a medal.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    I’ve got to side with you, Steve.
    This poor cretin is suffering from 2nd hand PTSD she probably picked up on the internet. If she can boycott the trial, will she be able to boycott her execution too?

  4. TerryAnne says:

    “I am boycotting this trial,” she said. “I am innocent of all the charges and I can prove it, but I will not do it in this court.”

    Do we take this as a threat, then?


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