Attempted murder suspect Aafia Siddiqui spoke in her own defense today — and this time she wasn't thrown out of court. Though her attorneys have argued the outburst-prone Pakistani neuroscientist suffers from "diminished capacity," exhibits "conduct [that] cannot be contained" and would use her time on the stand to "turn the proceeding into a spectacle," the judge allowed her to take the stand in a hearing to determine if certain evidence will be admissible in court, and if she is fit to testify in front of jurors.
Siddiqui is accused of shooting at U.S personnel in Afghanistan in 2008 who wanted to question her about weapon-making notes and a list of terror targets reportedly found in her possession. She was wounded in the shootout and treated at a military hospital, which she described today as "pure psychological, emotional torture," according to the Times. "I thought it was a continuation of what had been done to me in my secret prison history," she added, referring to her claim that she has actually been held in secret prisons for several years.
In an attempt to show that Siddiqui was treated well in the hospital, a prosecutor mentioned her relationship with an F.B.I. special agent. Siddiqui said the agent might have seemed pleasant, but really wasn't. "I consider everyone a nice person unless they give me a reason to think otherwise," said Siddiqui, who then nodded in the prosecutor's direction. "I think you're a nice person, too. Why are you not a nice person?" According to the Daily News, the judge is expected to decide today if statements Siddiqui made in the hospital can be used as evidence, and if she'll be allowed to testify in front of jurors.