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US condemned over Siddiqui conviction
Mon, 02 May 2011 18:08:36 GMT
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Aafia's sister Fauzia Siddiqui
Relatives of Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui have strongly condemned the US judicial system after an American court sentenced her to 86 years of imprisonment.

In an interview in southern port city of Karachi, Aafia's sister Fauzia Siddiqui said that the case against her sister was a sham and she was framed by US authorities.

Human rights organizations have also expressed doubts about the accuracy of the US account of the event.

A US court found Aafia guilty of attempting to murder American citizens while she was detained for questioning in Afghanistan.

She was convicted in a New York court on February 3, 2010.

She was charged with shooting at FBI agents and US military personnel in a police station in the Afghan city of Ghazni, where she was being interrogated in 2008.

Many political activists believe Aafia was Prisoner 650 of the US detention facility in Bagram, Afghanistan, where they say she was tortured for five years until US authorities announced one day that they had found her in Afghanistan.

Elsewhere in her remarks, Fauzia criticized the US-led aerial attacks on Pakistani soil.

She confirmed that she took an active part in a recent massive anti-US rally held in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

The rally was organized by the head of the Tehreek-e Insaf party Imran Khan who has warned of a wave of protests if the US fails to stop the non-UN-sanctioned drone attacks on Pakistan within a month.

Washington claims its air raids target militants who cross the Pakistani border into Afghanistan to help the Taliban fight US-led foreign forces.

However, locals say civilians are the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned attacks. Hundreds of civilians have reportedly been killed in drone raids over the past years.

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