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Aafia Siddiqui’s Lawyer Reveals Shocking Details of Sexual Abuse in US Prison

Aafia Siddiqui, the neuroscientist who has been imprisoned in the United States for over a decade, has been subjected to sexual assault at least twice during her incarceration, her lawyer Clive Stafford Smith said on Tuesday.

Smith, a human rights lawyer who represents Siddiqui, said his client was abused and tortured more often and that she informed him about the sexual assaults in a meeting. He said the Pakistani government was also aware of the two instances of sexual assault.

Smith's statement corroborated a report prepared by Aisha Farooqui, Pakistan's former consul general in Houston, in 2018, which cited the physical and sexual abuse that Siddiqui faced during her detention. The report also recommended diplomatic authorities to take her case to the highest level and find a way to repatriate Siddiqui.

Smith revealed that a sexual assault complaint was filed on her behalf. He also shared details about the reason behind the assaults endured by his client at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, where she was allegedly held as a ghost prisoner by the US military.

"Dr Aafia was sexually assaulted at Bagram as an interrogation tactic," he said.

Siddiqui's sister, Dr Fowzia Siddiqui, who is currently in the US to meet her imprisoned sister at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Texas, confirmed that she was allowed to meet her sister for four hours "from a distance" and added that her sister's health did not seem good.

Dr Fowzia quoted her imprisoned sister as saying that the prison staff would give her better treatment two days ahead of the scheduled meeting with her sister. However, she was not allowed to meet her according to the jail manual, Dr Fowzia added.

She said that another meeting might be arranged with her sister if the Pakistani consul general persuades the authorities. She also expressed hope that Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar ul Haq Kakar would raise her sister's case with the US President Joe Biden and secure her release.

Siddiqui was convicted in 2010 of two counts of attempted murder and assault of US personnel in Afghanistan, charges that she denied. She was sentenced to 86 years in prison. Her case has been a source of public outrage and diplomatic tension between Pakistan and the US.

Siddiqui's supporters believe that she was innocent and framed by the US authorities. They also allege that she was kidnapped and tortured by the US intelligence agencies in Pakistan and Afghanistan for five years before her arrest in 2008.

Siddiqui's case has also been raised by some extremist groups and militants who have demanded her release in exchange for hostages. In January 2022, a British national who held four people hostage at a synagogue in Texas, US demanded the release of Siddiqui. The hostage situation ended with the death of the gunman and the rescue of the hostages.

Siddiqui's family and lawyer have condemned the use of violence and terrorism in her name and have urged the public to support her cause peacefully and legally. They have also appealed to the international human rights organizations and the Muslim world to intervene and help free Siddiqui from the US prison.

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