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No new trial for scientist who shot at US troops

October 9, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York has rejected a bid by a U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist to have her conviction for shooting at American soldiers overturned.

Judge Richard Berman issued the ruling Thursday in the case of Aafia Siddiqui.

Siddiqui had claimed in court papers that her 2010 conviction should be thrown out because she was forced to use lawyers paid for by the Pakistani government.

Siddiqui became 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 in Afghanistan in 2008. Witnesses say she shot at the Americans.

She’s serving 86 years behind bars.

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