Aafia Siddiqui attacked by inmate who has been harassing her for some time
London – Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui is calling for public support after suffering a serious violent assault by an inmate at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.
On July 30, 2021, CAGE, a London-based advocacy organisation, received disturbing reports from her lawyers that Aafia Siddiqui was attacked in her cell by an inmate who had been harassing her for some time, and who smashed a coffee mug filled with scalding hot liquid into her face.
Shocked by the violent assault and in excruciating pain, Dr Siddiqui curled into a fetal position to protect herself. She was unable to get up after the assault and had to be taken out of the cell in a wheelchair.
Dr. Siddiqui has been placed in administrative solitary confinement for an unspecified period of time.
Dr. Siddiqui – also known as the “grey lady of Bagram” was sentenced to 86 years imprisonment for attempted murder after a controversial trial in 2010, during which she accused witnesses of lying.
Her case has been plagued by inconsistencies, contradictory allegations and evidence gathered from torture, to the point that she has been called “the most wronged woman in the world”.
Her lawyer, Marwa Elbially, has been meeting in person with Dr. Siddiqui since January 2021 after several years of silence from her and the US authorities, during which the public and her family questioned whether she was still alive.