[Ppnews] Aafia's Siddiqui's lawyers argued nine points in her appeal
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court hears Dr Aafia Siddiqui's lawyers appeal
By <http://tribune.com.pk/author/1107/huma-imtiaz/>Huma Imtiaz
Published: February 11, 2012
WASHINGTON: More than a year after the infamous neuroscientist Dr
Aafia Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in prison on charges of
attacking US soldiers, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
heard an appeal in New York on Friday.
Speaking to the The Express Tribune, Dawn Cardi, Dr Siddiqui's lawyer
who has filed the appeal, said that they argued nine points. Cardi
said that Dr Siddiqui's statements that were used to impeach her were
not voluntarily obtained, and that she should get a new trial.
Cardi said that the terrorism enhancements should [not] have been
imposed on the facts because it increased the 20-year sentence that
Dr Sidduqui would have gotten to [a] life sentence. Dr Siddiqui's
lawyer also said that they argued in front of the court that because
of Dr Siddiqui's mental health condition, her lawyers should have
made the decision about her testifying at court, and not Dr Siddiqui herself.
When asked about the road ahead for the woman whose case grabbed
headlines around the world when she was discovered at Bagram in 2008,
Cardi said, "We wont know until the court writes its decision. It'll
take 3-4 months, and then there is no other recourse. Unless there is
a constitutional issue of significance, you can not make an appeal to
the Supreme Court, but its too early to say."
Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist by profession and a graduate of
MIT and currently held at a federal medical centre in Texas,
allegedly went missing for five years before she was discovered in
Afghanistan. The prosecution says that she tried to fire on a US
soldier during her interrogation. She has also been accused of
working for al Qaeda. Dr Siddiqui's family disputes the US version of
After her sentencing in September 2010, Dr Siddiqui also tried to
fire her lawyers, and wrote a letter to the court that she did not
want her case appealed. Dawn Cardi, Dr Siddiqui's counsel, said that
no one ever filed a notice of appearance for Dr Siddiqui to do her
appeal. "As her assigned counsel, it is our obligation to appeal her case."
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