Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui sentenced to 86 years in prison

September 24th, 2010 - 3:04 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Sep 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui has been sentenced to 86 years behind bars by a federal judge on Thursday. When she learned about her conviction then she was heartbroken and said that, her sentencing was “a verdict from Israel, not America.”

Aafia was convicted on seven charges by the court. The charges ranged from attempted murder to armed assault on the American officers. Aafia is all set to serve her sentence behind bars in Texas, where she was also being kept when the trial in her case was on.

According to reports, Aafia had shot at FBI special agents, an American warrant officer, an Army captain and even some military personnel on the 18th of July 2008. Even though she is a neuroscientist, yet she was found to be engaging in violence related activities. She was arrested from the Ghazni governor’s compound in Afghanistan because a leaflet on how to make bombs was found on her person. According to reports, “handwritten notes that referred to a ‘mass casualty attack’ ” with several sensitive American locations and “construction of ‘dirty bombs’ ” were found with her.

As expected, Aafia’s family was also devastated by the verdict and they said that she was mistakenly found guilty. However the FBI has a different story to narrate as they feel that she has some ties with the Al Qaeda network.

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