Woman accused of al-Qaida ties set for NYC trial

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 9:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 9:44 a.m.

NEW YORK — A U.S.-trained scientist accused of shooting at FBI agents in Afghanistan and being an al-Qaida sympathizer is set to go on trial in New York.

Jury selection for the case against Aafia Siddiqui (ah-FEE'-uh sih-DEE'-kee) is to begin Wednesday morning in federal court. Opening statements are scheduled for next week.

Prosecutors accuse the 37-year-old Siddiqui of grabbing a U.S. Army officer's rifle in 2008 and exchanging fire with U.S. soldiers and FBI agents. She was shot in the abdomen and denies she fired the weapon.

She says she won't participate in the trial. A judge has said she'll be brought to the courthouse every day and given a choice whether to attend.

Her previous court appearance have included outbursts in which she has said she doesn't hate America.

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