Feb 4 2010
“This is a verdict coming from Israel not America,” Aafia Siddiqui exclaimed after hearing the conviction.
The woman dubbed “Lady Al Qaeda” was convicted Wednesday of shooting at Americans in Afghanistan, and she reacted with yet another bizarre rant. “This is a verdict coming from Israel, not America,” Aafia Siddiqui exclaimed, raising one hand and pointing up before being led out of the Manhattan courtroom. “That’s where the anger belongs. I can testify to this. And I have proof.”
The defense said it hopes to appeal the conviction on the grounds that Siddiqui, 37, was too crazy to stand trial. The federal jury of eight women and four men deliberated two days before finding the MIT-trained neuroscientist guilty on all counts.
Siddiqui faces life in prison when she’s sentenced May 6 for attempted murder, weapons possession and other crimes.
Siddiqui was arrested in 2008 after being caught in Afghanistan with 2 pounds of poisonous chemicals, bomb-making instructions and a list of New York landmarks. She grabbed a rifle at an Afghan police station and started shooting at the Americans sent to grill her. She was shot by the soldier whose weapon she swiped.
During the trial, she disrupted the proceedings several times with strange outbursts – including claims she could broker peace with the Taliban. (Well, that would confirm the insanity defense) NY DAILY NEWS