An Egyptian army doctor, who was the only person to stand trial
accused of forcing female protesters to undergo "virginity tests" after
demonstrations last year, has been cleared. The verdict outraged
activists who say it shows the military council has no intention of
prosecuting people accused of committing abuses during its rule.
Samira Ibrahim, 25, fought a lonely battle against the military
rulers after alleging that she and six other women were forced to strip
naked and undergo an inspection to "test their virginity" after being
arrested during a demonstration in March last year, just weeks after
President Hosni Mubarak was toppled. Yesterday a military court
acquitted the only defendant – Dr Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of
public indecency. Judges cited differing witness statements, and denied
that any such tests had ever been carried out.
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