Trial of American-trained Neuroscientist Underway in NY
The trial of high-profile terror suspect and suspected al-Qaeda supporter Aafia Siddiqui commenced earlier this week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is accused of attempting to kill U.S. soldiers during an interrogation in Afghanistan in 2008. On Wednesday, Siddiqui promised to remain silent through the remainder of proceedings after shouting at a government witness during his testimony on Tuesday. Siddiqui’s case has intrigued many due to conflicting accounts of her activities between 2003 and 2008. U.S. authorities allege that she assisted al-Qaeda in its pursuit of nuclear materials to bomb targets in the United States, an accusation which her ex-husband corroborates. Siddiqui and her family maintain that she was held captive by U.S. authorities in a secret prison where she was regarded as “the Grey Lady of Bagram.” Siddiqui is being represented by Charles Swift, the same attorney who represented Salim Ahmed Hamdan.