The US military has rejected claims that Pakistani doctor Aafia Siddiqui, who has been missing for the past five years, was being illegally detained and tortured.
Aafia Siddiqui, whose face once stared down from posters claiming that she was "the most wanted woman in the world," appeared before a United States court in Brooklyn, New York, last week on charges of attempting to murder American servicemen in an Afghanistan shooting incident. But her first court appearance has raised disturbing questions about her treatment and the conduct of the war on terror, with lawyers claiming the Pakistani neuroscientist was secretly arrested five years ago, tortured by Afghan and US officials, and framed for crimes she did not commit.
The charges are the latest wrinkle in a case that has pitted the governments of the US, Afghanistan, and Pakistan against Ms. Siddiqui's family and lawyers as well as international human rights groups.
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