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NY judge boots woman linked to Al-Qaida

A Pakistani scientist prone to courtroom rants was at it again on the second day of jury selection at her attempted murder trial in New York.

world Updated: Jan 15, 2010 10:13 IST

A Pakistani scientist prone to courtroom rants was at it again on the second day of jury selection at her attempted murder trial in New York.

A Manhattan judge had Aafia Siddiqui removed yesterday after she interrupted questioning of potential jurors about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

She told them she had nothing to do with the attacks and suggested Israel was behind them, but insisted she's not an anti-Semite.

Authorities have linked the 37-year-old Siddiqui to al-Qaida. She's not facing terrorism charges.

She's accused of grabbing a U.S. Army officer's rifle during an interrogation following her capture in Afghanistan in July 2008 and exchanging gunfire with U.S. soldiers and FBI agents.