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Aafia Siddiqui's Struggle for Justice
An innocent woman given a virtual life sentence by America.
by Stephen Lendman
Previous articles discussed her 2003 abduction, detention, torture, false charges, prosecution, and conviction despite clear evidence she's innocent.
Nonetheless, in September 2010, she was wrongly sentenced to 86 years in prison. Imprisoning her for hours, let alone years, constitutes gross injustice. Doing so compounded years of horrific treatment in US custody, including sadistic torture.
On February 10, lawyers appealed her case before the New York-based US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Attorney Dawn Cardi argued that Aafia's treatment left her emotionally incapable of testifying on her own behalf, despite her client's objections.
She was hospitalized at the time under the influence of percocet and other pain medication for her injuries.
Moreover, years of brutal torture left her paranoid schizophrenic from the ordeal. During oral arguments, Cardi challenged alleged evidence presented. It was entirely fraudulent on its face. She also claimed Aafia's statements were involuntarily obtained. As a result, new trial proceedings are warranted.