APRIL 2, 2014 @ 12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
THE UNTOLD STORY OF DR. AAFIA SIDDIQUI
JUSTICE MUST NOT ONLY BE DONE; IT MUST BE SEEN TO BE DONE
MONDALE HALL ROOM 15
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is a PHD and as well as an MIT graduate. In 2003, she was placed on the Most Wanted List by the FBI. The U.S. media was quick to label her as “Lady Al-Qaeda”. Later the same year, she disappeared under mysterious circumstances from Pakistan. People close to her claimed that she was in the custody of U.S. agencies—a claim the U.S. government vehemently denied. In August 2008, she was presented in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan, New York. Wounded, bandaged, doubled over in a wheelchair, and barely able to speak—she had been shot in the stomach by one of the very soldiers she stood accused of attempting to murder. Not even a single terrorism related offence was included in her charge sheet though. Her trial followed, not only in the courtroom but also in the media. What happened next can be best described in the words of Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General: “I haven’t witnessed such bare injustice in my entire career”.
On Wednesday, April 2, Ehtasham Anwar, a Humphrey Fellow at the Human Rights Center, will lead a mock trial style presentation on some of the most contentious aspects of the Siddiqi case. Join, Mr. Anwar, and explore for yourself a case which has left behind more questions than answers!
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THIS SERIES IS CO-SPONSORED BY: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL-LEGAL SUPPORT NETWORK