No new trial for scientist who shot at US troops

October 9, 2014 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York has rejected a bid by a U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist to have her conviction for shooting at American soldiers overturned.

Judge Richard Berman issued the ruling Thursday in the case of Aafia Siddiqui (ah-FEE’-uh sih-DEE’-kee).

Siddiqui had claimed in court papers that her 2010 conviction should be thrown out because she was forced to use lawyers paid for by the Pakistani government.

Siddiqui became a terrorism suspect after she left the U.S. and married a nephew of self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (HAH’-leed shayk moh-HAH’-mehd).

She was wounded during a confrontation with U.S. authorities in Afghanistan in 2008. Witnesses say she shot at the Americans.

She’s serving 86 years behind bars.