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Scientist who shot at US troops: Conviction unfair

May 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani scientist serving an 86-year prison sentence for shooting at U.S. soldiers is seeking to have her conviction overturned on the grounds that she did not have proper legal representation.

Aafia Siddiqui said in court papers filed Monday in federal court in New York City that her 2010 guilty verdict should be vacated. She says a judge forced her to accept three lawyers paid for by the Pakistani government.

The 42-year-old Siddiqui has a doctorate in neuroscience from Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

Siddiqui was branded a terrorism suspect after she left the U.S. and married a nephew of self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

She was wounded during a confrontation with U.S. authorities who interrogated her in Afghanistan in 2008. Witnesses say she shot at the Americans.

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