'Terror suspect' Dr. Aafia Siddiqui declines US charges in NY court

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New York, Aug 6 : Dr Aafia Siddique, the Pakistani-American neuroscientist and mother of three who has been accused of Al-Qaeda links and shooting at US officers in Afghanistan, has declined all the US allegations levelled against her, including that she tried to kill US agents and military officers, in a New York court here today.

Wearing a maroon headscarf, she talked very softly and was asked by the judge to speak up.

Down with the weakness and having a bullet wound in her leg she refused to admit allegations levelled against her by nodding her head slowly, reported The News.

According to the paper, US officials paint Siddiqui as a "desperate, highly dangerous" figure arrested in Afghanistan on July 17, 2007, in possession of bomb-making instructions.

Prosecutors claimed that she was stopped last month for questioning by Afghan police who found in her handbag documents including recipes for explosives and chemical weapons and descriptions of New York landmarks. Prosecutors say she pointed a rifle at an Army captain and fired two shots, which missed.

Siddiqui's attorney says the case against her is absurd. A bail hearing is set to be heard on Monday.

ANI

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