NY judge orders doctor for Pakistani defendant

A federal judge on Monday ordered the US government to provide a doctor within 24 hours to tend to the bullet wounds of a Pakistani woman charged with trying to kill US employees in a gunfight in Afghanistan. A frail-looking Aafia Siddiqui, with a white scarf on her head, sat in a wheelchair as US Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman ordered the medical care after her lawyers complained she was in pain and possibly was bleeding internally after being treated in Afghanistan for one or more bullet wounds. The wounds were sustained in a July 18 encounter in which prosecutors allege she snatched a soldier's rifle and pointed it at an Army captain. Siddiqui's family has insisted that she is not guilty. Defense lawyer Elizabeth Fink said there were reports that Siddiqui may have lost a kidney and suffered brain damage.