July 22, 2024

Ailing Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui ‘raped’ inside US jail, lawyer says

ISLAMABAD: Ailing Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who has been jailed in america (US) after being convicted of attacking US troops in Afghanistan, has been “raped” inside a US jail, her lawyer mentioned on Tuesday.

Siddiqui, a 49-year-old mom of three, is at present serving an 86-year sentence on the Federal Medical Heart (FMC) in Carswell, Texas after a New York court docket convicted her in 2010 of making an attempt to shoot and kill a gaggle of US troopers and FBI brokers in Afghanistan who needed to interrogate her for alleged hyperlinks to Al-Qaeda.  

Her sentencing by a US court docket has riled many in Pakistan, together with former and present Pakistani governments that had campaigned for her launch and paid for her authorized protection.  

Siddiqui’s lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, on Tuesday made surprising disclosures about mistreatment of Siddiqui, a day after his assembly with the Pakistani scientist at FMC Carswell. 

“She has been raped in FMC Carswell, no query about it,” Smith, a US-based human rights lawyer who’s representing Siddiqui, mentioned in an interview to a Pakistani broadcaster. 

“Properly, I imply, at the least two instances is a proper factor by guards, however when it comes to abuse by the guards and prisoners, numerous instances.” 

As an American, Smith mentioned, he was “ashamed of” what the US jail system had achieved to Siddiqui. 

“I’ve filed a report on her abuse and what they’ve been doing to her is fairly unspeakable when it comes to the sexual mistreatment,” he mentioned. “She has informed me in nice element about how she has been abused.” 

Smith mentioned Siddiqui’s complaints had been all “excessive” and “true,” and that she had been meted out the “harshest” therapy by the US jail authorities. 

“There are 10,250 girls within the [US] federal jail system,” the lawyer mentioned. “The lady who has been handled the harshest of all these 10,250 is Aafia Siddiqui.” 

Siddiqui, who’s reportedly ailing, earned superior levels from Brandeis College and the Massachusetts Institute of Expertise earlier than she was sentenced for assaulting US troopers after being detained in Afghanistan two years earlier.  

Her punishment sparked outrage in Pakistan amongst political leaders and her supporters, who considered her as a sufferer of the US prison justice system.  

Within the years since, Pakistani officers have publicly expressed curiosity in any kind of deal or swap that might lead to her launch from US custody, and her case has continued to attract consideration from supporters.  

The federal government of Nawaz Sharif, three-time former prime minister of Pakistan, in addition to the outgoing Pakistani administration of his youthful brother, Shehbaz Sharif, have made efforts for Siddiqui’s launch throughout their tenure.  

In March this 12 months, the youthful Sharif instructed Pakistan’s overseas ministry to stay engaged with the US authorities and the nation’s mission in Washington for the discharge of jailed Pakistani neuroscientist, following his assembly with Siddiqui’s sister, Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui. 

Smith mentioned he had apprised the Pakistani authorities of Siddiqui’s abuse and was definitely going to let Pakistani authorities know of the “grotesque particulars.” 

He, nevertheless, mentioned it was the responsibility of the Pakistani authorities to guard her from the abuse. 

“That is her authorities, it’s their responsibility to guard her,” he mentioned. “I’ll do what I can, I’m an American, I apologize for what has occurred to her. However it’s really, finally the job of the federal government in Pakistan.”