Egyptian court acquits army doctor accused of performing virginity tests

Not a good day for the hundreds of women who had this blatant violation of their bodies performed on them:

An Egyptian court has acquitted an army doctor accused of forcibly administering virginity tests on female detainees, state-run Nile TV said Sunday. The court acquitted the doctor because of contradictory testimony from witnesses, the government-run website EgyNews reported.

The issue came to light last year after several women alleged they were subjected to such examinations following a March 2011 protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Samira Ibrahim took Egypt’s military-led government to court in August, alleging she was among those subjected to the test after her arrest during the March 9, 2011, protest. She said she faced death threats after bringing the case.

On Sunday, the 25-year-old marketing manager said the ruling devastated her.

“This is rape, and I fainted when I heard the verdict in court,” she said. “God knows the truth, and it will always be a black spot in Egypt’s history.”

Adel Ramadan, an attorney represented Ibrahim, said he planned to take the case to authorities outside Egypt, such as the International Criminal Court.

“Internal judiciary options have let us down, and we don’t think there is judicial independence,” he said. “The Supreme Council ruling the country has been denying everything from torture, killing protesters, and now this atrocious crime of forcedvirginity tests of young innocent females. We will not accept this verdict.”

EgyNews reported that during the hearing, the judge said he was not pressured to make his ruling. But Ibrahim accused the court of bias.

He should have been tried in a civilian court, not in a military court, where they protect their own. The judge said that there were contradictions and he was not pressured at all. I highly doubt that,” she said.

Presidential candidate Abdullah Shalaan said the ruling showed the military government’s flaws.

“They will never indict one of their own. In all the cases of killing protesters, no real investigations were done, just fact-finding committees that submit their findings,” he said. “No real justice has been served, and this is another example. I congratulate this brave woman for standing against them regardless of the final verdict.” (SOURCE)

It should be noted that while the government has denied these cases ever happened, an Egyptian general did admit to these tests being done.

Once again, it appears the one step forward, two steps back meme is becoming a reality to women who put their lives on the line to make history and participate in the Arab Spring.

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