UPDATE: Apparently this has been agreed to. I expect that Aafia Siddiqui will be free in a matter of weeks.
“The agreement states that Aafia will have to stay imprisoned in Pakistan for the number of years she was sentenced to in the US.” Not a chance. If she goes to Pakistan, she will go free. “US offers agreement for Dr Aafia’s extradition: Report,” from the Express Tribune, July 21 (thanks to Lookmann):
ISLAMABAD: According to an Iranian TV, the US has offered Pakistan to sign a prisoner swap agreement for the extradition of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Express News reported on Sunday.
The agreement states that Aafia will have to stay imprisoned in Pakistan for the number of years she was sentenced to in the US.
The news report claimed that the interior ministry has formed a task force to look into this offer.
Aafia was sentenced to 86 years on September 23, 2010 after she was found guilty on seven counts, including attempted murder. She is currently being held at an American maximum security prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
Aafia, whose conviction was widely criticised in Pakistan, was sentenced by US District Judge Richard Berman.
She was arrested in July 2008 by Afghan police, who said she was carrying 900 grams of sodium cyanide and crumpled notes referring to mass casualty attacks and New York landmarks.
According to US prosecutors, the day after her arrest, she grabbed an M-4 rifle in her interrogation room and started shooting while yelling “death to America.”
No US agents or soldiers were hit, but Siddiqui was shot and wounded in response, the US prosecutors had said.