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Family of Pakistan scientist slam US guilty verdict

world Updated: Feb 04, 2010 21:53 IST
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Relatives of a US-educated Pakistani scientist found guilty of trying to kill American servicemen in Afghanistan declared Thursday that she was innocent and condemned the verdict.

A US jury today found Aafia Siddiqui, 37, a mother and neuroscientist trained at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, guilty on all charges. She could face life in prison when sentenced on May 6.

Siddiqui was accused of grabbing a rifle at an Afghan police station where she was being interrogated in July 2008 and trying to gun down US servicemen.

Although she was not charged with terrorism, prosecutors described her as a would-be terrorist who had also plotted to bomb New York.

In an upmarket neighbourhood of Pakistan's biggest city Karachi, Siddiqui's frail 70-year-old mother said the family had been braced for the verdict and would continue their efforts to secure her release.

"I did not expect anything better from an American court. We were ready for the shock and will continue our struggle to get her released," Ismat Siddiqui told AFP from her home in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighbourhood.

"The verdict is a humiliation for America. The verdict symbolises the beginning of the downfall of American might," she added.

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