Pak terror suspect Dr Aafia says she doesnt have faith in US judicial systemOctober 9th, 2008 - 4:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 9 (ANI): Pakistani terror suspect Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is jailed in the US and facing trial for allegedly attacking US security personnel with an assault weapon during interrogation after being arrested in Afghanistan, has said that she didnt have faith in the US judicial system, and that the assault case against her was false and baseless.
She revealed this to the four-member Pakistani parliamentary delegation who met her for two hours 45 minutes on Tuesday at the Texas facility, where she is presently held for psychiatric evaluation to determine if she was fit to stand trial.
The US security personnel claim that after she tried to make a murderous attack on them they fired at her in self defence. According to the delegation, her bullet wound had healed and she appeared to be in much better health and physical condition than she has been since her arrest in Afghanistan .
The four-member Pakistani delegation included Senators Mushahid Hussain, SM Zafar, Muhammad Talha Mahmood and Saadia Khaqqan Abbasi. They were accompanied by Faqir Asif Hussain, counsellor at the Pakistan embassy.
They met Aafia without the presence of any US official, and she was also permitted to sit next to them, instead of being separated by a partition, as is normally the case, reported the Daily Times.
She told her countrymen that she had lack of confidence in both the court hearing her case and the two lawyers who were representing her. She thanked the Pakistani government and the embassy in Washington in particular for their concern, and indicated that she should be provided with proper legal representation.
She said she wanted the case against her dropped and she wished to be returned to Pakistan .
However, she was unable to explain where exactly she had been for the last five years. Her sense of time and place appeared to be out of sync, added the paper. (ANI)
Tags: aafia siddiqui, assault case, assault weapon, bullet wound, counsellor, countrymen, embassy in washington, lack of confidence, legal representation, mahmood, murderous attack, pakistan embassy, pakistani government, parliamentary delegation, psychiatric evaluation, saadia, security personnel, self defence, talha, us judicial system