NEW YORK: A US appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction and 86-year prison sentence of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui for shooting at FBI agents and soldiers after her arrest in Afghanistan.
The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge had not erred in allowing Siddiqui, 40, to testify in her own defense at trial and in allowing certain evidence against her.
Siddiqui, whose conviction was widely criticized in Pakistan, was sentenced by US District Judge Richard Berman in September 2010. She was convicted by a New York federal jury of attempted murder, armed assault and other charges.
She was arrested in July 2008 by Afghan police, who said she was carrying two pounds (900 grams) of sodium cyanide and crumpled notes referring to mass casualty attacks and New York landmarks.
The day after her arrest, she grabbed an M-4 rifle in her interrogation room and started shooting while yelling “death to America,” the trial jury heard.
No US agents or soldiers were hit, but Siddiqui was shot and wounded in response, according to US prosecutors.
And your daily double from the Jawa Report:
America is Islamaphobic for Taking Baby Away from Convicted Terrorist
Did I also mention the baby in question was being taken by the convicted terrorist to Somalia? But according to this Left Wing rag, the fact that Zach Chesser’s wife — the women who agreed to let her child be taken to Somalia as cover for her husband so he could sneak out of the USA and join the al Qaeda linked al Shabaab terrorists — wasn’t given custody is a sign of ….. wait for it …..
May 2010: Court-ordered electronic surveillance records Chesser telling his wife that he is taking their son with him to Uganda as part of his cover.
And she let him, lied to the FBI, and he was arrested with the baby:
Hence the court ruling, from the left wing rag:
The court ruled that both Zachary and Proscovia were “both absolutely, unequivocally legally unfit as parents.”