Today at a court hearing in New York a frail looking Dr. Aafia appeared in a wheel chair, this was probably the first time she was seen publicly and a group of Pakistani supporters awaited to greet her. The hearing was initially scheduled to discuss bail as planned but her lawyers said she was in dire need of medical care and surprisingly has not yet been examined let alone seek attention for her wounds. So much for the notion of having basic Human Rights in America
“She is complaining of abdominal pain. She understands she lost part of an intestine,” Siddiqui had large stitches down her torso from major surgery and may be suffering from internal bleeding. The lead lawyer on her team, Elizabeth Fink, [appealed to the judge saying] “She has been here, judge, for one week and she has not seen a doctor, even though they (U.S. authorities) know she has been shot.” – Reuters
Sahar, a supporter, who showed up for the NY hearing today said
The bail hearing was postponed, at the request of Aafia’s lawyers, so that she could get medical attention. Afia seemed extremely weak (she was in a wheelchair and barely moved throughout the proceedings). According to her lawyers, she has a major wound in her lower abdomen, and a set of stitches all the way down her front torso. She has not received appropriate medical care. The judge ordered today that she receive medical care from a qualified internist within 24 hours.
Afia’s lawyers also held a press conference after the hearing. The lawyers couldn’t speak freely but did make it clear that they were concerned about Aafia’s health and the conditions in which she was being kept. A representative from the Pakistani consulate was also present at the press conference. He received a lot of negative feedback from the crowd.
The next hearing is on September 3, 2008. Stay tuned for more details.
Hearing the plea by Dr. Aafia’s lawyer about medical attention the U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman, ordered she be seen by a physician within 24 hours as Dr. Siddiqui was has apparently a serious wound in her abdomen and stitches all the way up her torso, wounds which she received last month while ‘allegedly’ trying to fire on a group of U.S. troops who had come to question her in an Afghanistan prison
Ironically the U.S. prosecutor told the court it was “a complicated situation,” and because of her alleged recent attack she was considered a “high-security risk”