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“Don’t get angry,” Siddiqui said in court to her supporters after the sentence was announced. “Forgive Judge Berman.”

Judge Berman responded, saying: “I wish more defendants would feel the way that you do.”

The sentencing capped a strange legal odyssey that began two summers ago, when Siddiqui turned up in Afghanistan carrying evidence that depending on the argument proved she was either a terrorist or a lunatic.

In February, she was convicted of grabbing a rifle and trying to shoot U.S. authorities in Afghanistan while yelling, “Death to Americans!” The conviction touched off protests in Pakistan that resumed Thursday as hundreds chanted “Free Aafia!” at a rally in Karachi. Others demonstrated outside the Manhattan courthouse.

From wire dispatches and staff reports