Monday, February 14, 2011
US Kidnapping of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui: Lawyers Release New Evidence
Shocking Secret Recording Confirms Dr. Aafia Kidnapping in 2003
SPECIAL REPORT on COUNTERPUNCH.org Febrary 13-14, 2011 and on the Official Family Site Free Aafia dot org
A New Turn as Lawyers Release Explosive, Secretly Recorded Tape
The Siddiqui Case
By VICTORIA BRITTAIN (author is a former associate foreign editor of the Guardian, and a Patron of Cageprisoners. Her books include "Hidden Lives, Hidden Deaths" and "Death of Dignity". She has spent much of her working life in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
... Now new evidence of the kidnapping of Dr Siddiqui prises open part of one of the most shocking of the myriad individual stories of injustice in the war on terror. It also underlines the recklessness and perfidy of a key United States’ partner in the war on terror, which carries its own threat of explosion.
Dr Siddiqui was sentenced in a New York court last year to 86 years for attempted murder of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Her mysterious five-year disappearance before that, her reappearance in Afghanistan in 2008, her subsequent trial in the US, and the confusion surrounding all these events, have made Dr Siddiqui’s a symbolic case in much of the Muslim world. Now a senior law enforcement officer has claimed to have been involved personally on the day she was seized, with her three children, by Pakistani police agents in Karachi in March 2003 and handed over to the Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI. ...
.....The new evidence, on a secretly recorded audio tape, is a potential earthquake in the chronically unstable political situation in Pakistan, where rage against the US runs deep and wide, especially as civilian casualties mount with the use of drone aircraft. Already the case of Aafia Siddiqui has periodically brought tens of thousands of people out on the streets in the last two and a half years in protest at what has been done to her by the United States’ military and legal systems since she reemerged....
...A full report, and the four hour tape, in Urdu, Punjabi and English, is being released by the International Justice Network in the United States at 6am EDT Monday, and can be accessed with the permission of the witness. Portions of the tape concerning Dr Siddiqui were made available to this reporter and were independently translated for this article. The full article with Audio URL now available can be found here here Also find at Counterpunch and see International Justice Network.
Call for Dr. Aafia in exchange for Raymond Davis:
Reporters may want also to see the fury of worldwide and Pakistani reports of anger and protests over both the imprisonment of Aafia and the US demands on the release of Raymond Davis. Pakistani leaders backed up by thousands have been calling for the release of Dr. Siddiqui in exchange for Davis. See more at the above sites or with a quick search. Also find more at the blogsite: No More Crusades.
Find background and related items at cageprisoners.com and for several other postings on the above breaking item go here
Also find a new item including the above report at Andy Worthington dot co dot uk and a nicely formed summary at Justice for Aafia Coalition.
Keep returning to International Justice Network for more related postings/audios and to this oneheartforpeace site.
Items updating the Raymond Davis case and the call for the exchange between the US and Pakistan are being added at No More Crusades.
Posted by CN at 9:20 AM