Egypt clears 'virginity test' doctor
12 March 2012, 07:41
Cairo - An Egyptian military tribunal on Sunday acquitted an army
doctor of a charge of public obscenity filed by a protester who claimed
she was forced to undergo a virginity test while in detention.
court denied the humiliating tests even took place, despite a ruling by
another court and admissions by generals quoted by a leading rights
The ruling further infuriated the country's revolutionary
youth movements, who have said claims of the virginity tests were the
first sign that the generals who took over from deposed President Hosni
Mubarak 13 months ago were carrying on his repressive practices.
than four months before the military is scheduled to hand over power to
a civilian administration, Sunday's verdict was likely to lend
credibility to widespread suspicions that the generals were trying to
remove any legal basis for their prosecution for crimes committed during
their rule after they step down.
Activists are calling for the generals to face charges for human rights abuses.
Ibrahim, one of seven women who said they were forced to undergo
examinations to determine if they were virgins while detained by the
military a year ago, won a civilian court ruling last year that affirmed
the tests were taking place at military jails and ordered they be
investigating her accusations brought only one individual to trial and
he was acquitted. The verdict cannot be appealed. The court denied that
such tests were carried out.
The military has been in power since Mubarak stepped down last year in the face of a popular uprising.
Mubarak-era generals who succeeded their former patron face accusations
by rights activists of killing protesters, torturing detainees and
trying at least 10 000 civilians in military tribunals.
They are also accused of bungling the transition and seeking to preserve their decades-old immunity from civilian oversight.