Scientist accused of al-Qaida ties, shooting at FBI may be forced into NYC court hearing

Scientist may be forced to NYC terror ties hearing

NEW YORK — A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist accused of helping al-Qaida and shooting at FBI agents may be forced to appear in a New York City court against her will.

A defense attorney says Aafia Siddiqui (ah-FEE’-ah see-DEE’-kee) may have to appear by video or in person in Manhattan federal court Monday. The hearing is to decide if Siddiqui is competent to stand trial.

The 37-year-old MIT- and Brandeis University-trained specialist in neuroscience was brought to the United States last summer after her arrest in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors accuse her of being an al-Qaida operative and shooting at U.S. soldiers and FBI agents.

Her attorneys say she’s innocent.

Defense Attorney Dawn Cardi says the judge signed an order permitting authorities to take her to court against her will.

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