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Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
By:Salma Qureshi
Date: Tuesday, 7 July 2009, 8:53 pm

NEW YORK, July 6 (APP): Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist under U.S.detention, Monday firmly rejected government allegations that she tried to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in Afghanistan, saying she was dedicated to peace.
" I did not shoot anybody, and I did not fire at any body," Dr. Siddiqui, 37, told a U.S. District Court, which is holding a hearing being held to determine whether she is competent to stand trial.
Governmment psychiatrists claim that she has been faking symptoms of mental illness in the hope of avoiding a criminal trial set for in October. They also accused her of doing so in order to be repatriated to Pakistan.

But a psychologist retained by Ms. Siddiqui's lawyers, she suffers from a genuine mental disorder, and is incompetent to stand trial.
These clashing descriptions are contained in newly filed psychological evaluations in the case of Ms. Siddiqui, who was brought to New York last August from Afghanistan where she was shot twice in her abdomen.

Ms. Siddiqui, who in the past refused to come to the court because of the humiliating strip-search she was required to undergo, made an appearance Monday following an order by Judge Richard Berman permitting authorities to take her there against her will.

At the outset, Judge Berman thanked Dr. Siddiqui for coming to the court, saying it was importance for all concerned.

Dr. Siddiqui spoke out during the cross-examination of the defence's psychologist, L. Thomas Kucharski, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who's conclusion was that Ms. Siddiqui was suffering from a delusional disorder and depression.

"I am not psychotic," declared Ms. Siddiqui in a white hijab, with only her eyes showing.

Sitting next to her lawyer, Dawn Cardi, she told the packed court, "God has brought me out of death for peace. I can assure that I want to stop these wars. Wouldn't be nicer to bring peace. I am among the very few people who have inside view of the war... I was in Afghanistan..."

She spoke with passion and began to leave the court as Judge Berman called for a recess.

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Salma Qureshi -- Tuesday, 7 July 2009, 8:53 pm
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Dr. Shabbir -- Wednesday, 8 July 2009, 10:24 am
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