Aafia Siddiqui

Charge Date: Tue Sep. 2, 2008
Charges:Conspiracy to kill Americans, Firearms violations, Murder/attempted murder of US officials
Outcome:Found guilty
Convictions:Firearms violations, Murder/attempted murder of US officials, Terrorist acts
State:New York
Alleged Affiliation:Al Qaeda
Description:

Dubbed "Lady Al Qaeda" by the media, Siddiqui is a Pakistani cognitive neuroscientist whose husband's uncle is 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The government alleged she had ties to Al Qaeda, including working as a fundraiser for a front group linked to Osama bin Laden. According to the 9/11 Commission, Siddiqui was one of six people who purchased $19 million worth of Liberian diamonds to finance Al Qaeda; that connection has been disputed. When arrested in Afghanistan, Siddiqui was found with descriptions of New York City landmarks, two pounds of sodium cyanide, and instructions for making bombs and WMDs and shooting down US drones. While detained, she allegedly grabbed an assault rifle and shot at one of her interrogators. She was sentenced to 86 years in prison.

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Image credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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