Pakistani Female Scientist To Face Terrorism Charges In New York
A U.S. educated Pakistani female scientist, who is accused of being an al-Qaeda operative, will appear in a New York court on Tuesday to face terrorism charges, said US officials.
Aafia Siddiqui, who was extradited from Afghanistan, arrived in New York on Monday morning. She will be presented before a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, said officials.
U.S. prosecutors said that Siddiqui was detained by the local security forces in Afghanistan three weeks ago and was then transferred to the Americans. They said that she was carrying documents about how to make explosives and details of various US landmarks when she was arrested.
She is also accused of attempting to kill US officers when they visited her in detention on 18 July. The FBI statement says that she attempted to shoot the US officials with an automatic weapon she had snatched from them during the questioning session. However, she was overpowered after being shot in the chest by the US officials, the statement added.
More in Times OnLine: While her sister considers a “mockery” that after five years in detention she has been discovered in Afghanistan, and accuses US authorities of abusing their power and torturing “an innocent woman without committing any crime“, US officials have insisted that they did not know where she was till she was arrested by Afghan police. Prosecutors said that she had numerous documents in her handbag about the “creation of explosives, chemical weapons and other weapons” and also documents about US military assets and excerpts from The Anarchist Arsenal.