Former American presidential candidate Senator Mike Gravel has said that convicting Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a crime committed on the American land, adding that she was kept in illegal detention for a long time.
He expressed these views at a seminar titled “Implementation of Human Rights at International Level” organised by the Judicial Activism Panel where he was the chief guest.
Gravel said Aafia was not allowed to contact her lawyer or her relatives and they had no clue about her whereabouts for a long time. He apologized to Muslims over blasphemous movie and assured the audience that American people had no role in such activities. JAP chairman Azhar Siddique said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the first man who preached human rights and equality. He pointed out that Islam vehemently stressed enforcement of human rights and gave it the prime importance. He said Dr Aafia’s fundamental rights were infringed upon in America and the US government was constantly showing stubbornness over the issue. He said Dr Aafia was kidnapped in 2003 but she was tried in court of law only two years before. He said a blasphemous movie had been made by an American Jewish while government kept silent over it.
Dr Aafia’s American lawyer, Tina Foster, said she was recently appointed as the counsel for Dr Aafia, adding that the previous lawyers for Dr Aafia did not plead her case well. She said legal requirements were not fulfilled in Aafia’s case.