Jury Selection Begins for Woman Accused of Terror Ties

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010  |  Updated 8:16 AM EDT
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Jury Selection Begins for Woman Accused of Terror Ties

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Affia Siddiqui

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A U.S.-trained scientist accused of shooting at FBI agents and being an al-Qaida sympathizer is set to go on trial, even though she's threatening a boycott.

     Jury selection for the case against Aafia Siddiqui was to begin Wednesday in New York federal court. Opening statements are scheduled for next week.
    
Prosecutors accuse the 37-year-old Siddiqui of grabbing a U.S. Army officer's rifle in Afghanistan in 2008 and exchanging fire with U.S. soldiers and FBI agents. She was shot in the abdomen and
denies she fired the weapon.
    
The jailed suspect has said she won't participate in the trial. A judge has said she'll be brought to the courthouse every day and given a choice whether to attend.

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