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Pakistani woman to learn if she can testify in US

Pakistani woman to learn if she can testify in US

A judge will have the final word on whether a U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist accused of trying to kill American personnel can testify before her trial ends.
Aafia Siddiqui's desire to testify has set off a battle between her lawyers and prosecutors.
Federal Judge Richard Berman was expected to hear final arguments over the issue Thursday.
Her lawyers say she should be banned from testifying because her "diminished capacity" would result in a "painful spectacle." Prosecutors say it would be unprecedented to deny a defendant such a basic right.
Authorities describe Siddiqui as an al-Qaida supporter and say she tried to kill FBI and Army officers in Afghanistan in 2008. Siddiqui has insisted the U.S. justice system is unfair.


Updated : 2021-06-22 09:30 GMT+08:00