NEW YORK – A judge has found a U.S.-trained scientist accused of being an Al Qaeda operative competent to stand trial.
Judge Richard Berman made the ruling Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. A trial for Aafia Siddiqui is scheduled to begin Oct. 19.
Siddiqui was charged with shooting at U.S. soldiers and FBI agents after her capture in Afghanistan last summer.
The government said at a hearing earlier this month that she is faking mental illness to avoid trial. Her lawyer, Dawn Cardi, did not immediately respond to a message for comment, but has said she is unfit for trial.
Siddiqui studied at MIT and Brandeis University before she fled to her native Pakistan in 2003.