KARACHI- Aafia Siddiqui’s family has expressed dismay over abrupt closing of Aafia Siddiqui case, saying it was another proof of the biased American justice system.
Dr Fowzia Siddiqui of Aafia Movement said mystery shrouds the circumstances under which the US District Judge Richard Berman ordered the closure of the case. She said keeping in mind the brave character of Aafia no one can believe that she could opt for withdrawal of what could be her last appeal against her conviction.
She said Aafia is jailed in a special jailing facility in strict solitary confinement. She is even not allowed to communicate with her family. She said Aafia’s family is convinced that coercion tactics might be used to ensure the withdrawal of her appeal. She reminded that US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan had already in his order made it clear that even if the appeal had continued, he likely would have ruled against her.
Dr Fowzia said she had a recorded voice of her sister during their last communication in which she was determined to fight her case and clearly indicated that she is 100% behind any action taken by Dr Fowzia, also not to believe any statement coming on her behalf if there is no contact with her. The abrupt closure of her case has cleared a lot of doubts regarding the biased judge and American Justice system. She said “had Aafia’s appeal reached its logical end, many hidden facts would have come to light, and many important people unmasked. This just proves Aafia is a victim of international power politics and her captives have a lot to hide and will revert to any length to keep her behind bars.”
According to media reports the court of US District Judge Richard Berman on Thursday had “allowed” Dr Aafia Siddiqui to withdraw what could be the last appeal of her conviction on charges of attempted murder. Berman claimed that Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence in a prison medical centre in Texas, had ‘clearly and unequivocally’ stated her intent to end the appeal. The judge ordered the case closed and said that, even if the appeal had continued, he likely would have ruled against her.