Supporters of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who became the first female terrorism defendant arrested after 9-11, gathered Friday in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Fort Worth to demand proof that she is still alive and that she be released and returned to Pakistan.
Siddiqui is serving an 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in west Fort Worth. She was convicted of attempted murder and assault against American agents who were interrogating her in 2010.
The Fort Worth “mobilization” follows three others in March in northeastern cities.
One of the protest organizers, Mauri Saalakhan, said March 30 was chosen “because it marks the 13th [anniversary] of her wrongful imprisonment.”
Siddiqui supporters, including the Pakistani government, contend she and her three young children were kidnapped in Pakistan as part of a U.S.-ordered rendition operation based on erroneous intelligence.
Heavy rain that swept through downtown late Friday afternoon broke up the protest early. Robert Cadwallader