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Second Circuit Affirms Aafia Siddiqui’s Conviction

Nov 22nd, 2012 AIII Courts, Current Affairs

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the conviction of Aafia Siddiqui for the attempted murder of United States nationals, officers, and employees; the armed assault of U.S. officers and employees; the assault of U.S. officers and employees; and, the use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Among other challenges, Siddiqui argued her conviction and the eighty-six year prison sentence imposed below were erroneous because counts two through seven should not have applied extraterritorially in an active theater of war.

According to the Second Circuit opinion, Siddiqui was taken into custody on July 17, 2008 on suspicions that she was attempting to attack the Governor of Ghanzi. At that time, Siddiqui had in her possession documents discussing the construction of weapons and a “mass casualty” attack against a number of New York City landmarks.

You can read the full Second Circuit opinion here.

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