Dr Aafia’s court appearance raises questions–>A shame for American democracy,concepts of human rights and a test case for American judicial system

United4Justice:Dr Aafia’s case is a real shame for American democracy, concepts of human rights and civil liberty and a real test case for American judicial system.

It’s a real shameful aspect of American society that the US media(influenced by zionists and neo-cons) is portraying a real false image of innocent Dr. Aafia.

No matter what the charges (even I say right or wrong), the treatment with a lady and a mother of 3 children (Allah knows where the 2 children are, whether alive or become a part of a long list of innocent people who lost their lives and stature of human beings in the war against humanity (which US calls terrorism)).

Elizabeth Fink, the lawyer of Dr. Aafia rightly said to the media, “Of course they found all this stuff on her. It was planted on her…. She is the ultimate victim of the American dark side.”

Dr Aafia’s court appearance raises questions(Daily Times)

* Amnesty International calls US govt’s account of Aafia attacking officials ‘extraordinary’
* Security official says federal prosecutors concerned that Dr Aafia’s case is being oversold as coup against terrorism

LAHORE: The United States military has rejected claims that Pakistani doctor Aafia Siddiqui, who has been missing for the past five years, was being illegally detained and tortured, a report in the Christian Science Monitor said on Friday.

The report said, Siddiqui appeared before a US court in Brooklyn, New York, last week on charges of attempting to murder American servicemen in an Afghanistan shooting incident.

But her first court appearance has raised disturbing questions about her treatment and the conduct of the war on terror, with lawyers claiming she was secretly arrested five years ago, tortured by Afghan and US officials, and framed for crimes she did not commit.

The charges are the latest wrinkle in a case that has pitted the governments of the US, Afghanistan, and Pakistan against Siddiqui’s family and lawyers as well as international human rights groups.

Agence France-Presse reports that the US military has rejected claims that Siddiqui was being held in military detention during the five years she was missing, the report said.

“She has never been held in US military custody,” spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Rumi Nielson-Green told AFP.

Extraordinary: But outside observers have begun to doubt the credibility of the US military’s claims.

Sam Zarifi, Asia-Pacific director for Amnesty International, called the government’s account “extraordinary” in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

“It seems extraordinary to imagine that four US agents who’d gone to pick her up, two military, two FBI, along with at least two Afghan translators, were somehow surprised by this woman, who overpowered them, grabbed a gun, flipped the safety, fired off a couple of shots, and then could only be subdued by shots to the torso,” said [Zarifi].

“If the story suggested by the US government is accurate, it paints a very unflattering picture of the competence of forces who are literally on the frontlines of the ‘war on terror’,” he said. “If the US story is not true, then we’re looking at a serious breach of US and international law when a prisoner in custody is shot.”

Coup: A law enforcement official who didn’t want to be named said federal prosecutors in Manhattan were concerned that the case against Siddiqui was being oversold as a coup against terrorism.

“It’s not clear it was even a target list,” the official said.

Siddiqui’s legal team paints a very different picture of what has happened to their client. They say she has been set up by the government, with one of her lawyers, Elizabeth Fink, telling the Associated Press, “Of course they found all this stuff on her. It was planted on her…. She is the ultimate victim of the American dark side.”

At a hearing on Monday, a Manhattan federal magistrate-judge ordered Siddiqui, wounded in the July 18 shooting incident, to get a physical examination within 24 hours. Her next court date was postponed until September. She appeared in court in a wheelchair.

NPR reports that Siddiqui’s lawyers say she was arrested in 2003, shortly after she disappeared in Pakistan with her three children, and was held and tortured in a secret US prison in Afghanistan. Siddiqui has also been identified by her legal team as the mysterious “prisoner 650” at Bagram Air base, a female prisoner in solitary confinement that other prisoners claim to have heard screaming.

Siddiqui’s lawyer, Elaine Whitfield Sharp, told NPR that she suspects her client was set up. She suspects Siddiqui was being held captive, was dropped off at the compound and then was immediately picked up again with “conveniently incriminating evidence”.

Whitfield Sharp says she has proof that Siddiqui was actually being held at Bagram Air Base, in a secret prison in Afghanistan, for the past five years. The FBI, the Justice Department and CIA officials say unequivocally that they haven’t been holding Siddiqui and don’t know where she has been the past five years. daily times monitor


Govt Silence On Uri Graves Incriminating: Geelani—>By KashmirObserver

United4Justice: World must do something to stop the genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir and UNO has the responsibility as per the resolution of 1948 to give Kashmiris the right to decide their future.

Below is a news report by Kashmir Observer

Govt Silence On Uri Graves Incriminating: GeelaniSrinagar, KONS: Accusing the government of India of exterminating Kashmiris and promoting vice to ruin the valley’s youth, the chairman of the breakaway faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani today led peaceful demonstrations here to protest at the discovery of unnamed graves in north Kashmir and the spread of waywardness in society.

A large number of Hurriyat activists emerged from the TRC mosque after noon prayers, and marched in a procession demanding investigations into the unmarked graves found in Uri, and an end to what they described as state terrorism.

The procession marched to the TRC grounds and staged a sit-in under a tent, decrying the plight of detainees and the promotion of vice in the valley.

Speaking to pressmen, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that the discovery of unmarked graves was a serious issue and the silence of the state and the central governments had raised several questions.

“The revelations of unnamed graves is an eye-opener for the Indian public and government as to the way innocent and unarmed youth have been sent to their graves through state terrorism,” he said.

“This is only the beginning. If the matter is investigated further, numerous such graves will possibly be found throughout the length and breadth of the state,” he said.

Geelani demanded that all such graves be traced to determine whether the people declared missing by the government were buried there.

Geelani said that the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other organizations should take serious note of the issue and immediately launch and investigations, and the UN and other international human rights organizations should send their teams to Kashmir to ascertain the truth.

Geelani further said that the government of India was trying various tactics to ruin Kashmiri youth, and opening liquor outlets all over the state and issuing licenses for them was part of the game plan to wean youth away from their demand of independence.

“Though the Dukhtaran-e-Millat had launched a campaign against the promotion of liquor, but the police targeted the organization instead,” he said.

“Laying parks and gardens, and promoting immorality is part of the same design. It is being done under a planned conspiracy to make our youth adherents of western mores,” he said.

“We have a right to protest at the killing of innocent people, excesses against detainees and inhuman acts,’ he said.

Expressing concern at the plight of detainees, Geelani said that the Public Safety Act (PSA) should be scrapped, detainees in jails outside the state should be shifted back to the state, and political prisoners should be released.

Geelani said that today’s protest was aimed at demonstrating to the world that no conspiracy by India to kill the Kashmiri passion for freedom would be allowed to succeed.

He said that all parties and groups should take account of themselves, and mainstream parties, too, should think of the hereafter.