NEW YORK: Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui who was convicted of trying to kill US agents in Afghanistan will be sentenced next month in New York, her lawyers said Thursday.
“The sentencing has been postponed until September 23,” a lawyer for Aafia Siddiqui, Elaine Sharp told AFP. Sentencing had been set for August 16.
Sharp also said that last month the defense had sought a lesser sentence than life in prison, citing Siddiqui’s mental health.
Siddiqui, 37 and a graduate of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was convicted in February of grabbing a gun and shooting at US officials who were questioning her at an Afghan police station in July 2008.Her arrest was the first time she had been seen in five years.
She disappeared, along with her three children, in 2003 from the Pakistani city of Karachi. Two of those children have not been seen since.
Her family and lawyers have charged that she was being held in a secret US or allied prison as part of the US “war on terror” launched after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Her name is on a 2004 US list of suspects linked to al Qaeda.