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'Virginity tests' trial adjourned to mid-January

Case against army doctor accused of conducting 'virginity tests' on female protesters is adjourned to 14 January as prosecutors downgrade charges against the accused soldier

Ahram Online, Tuesday 3 Jan 2012
Samira Ibrahim (L) flashes a victory sign as she attends a protest against military council violations and virginity tests against females at Tahrir Square in Cairo, December 27, 2011. An Egyptian court ordered on Tuesday that forced virginity tests be stopped on female detainees in military prisons. (Photo: Reuters)
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A military court has adjourned the trial of an Egyptian army doctor who allegedly subjected female protesters to compulsory "virginity tests" until 14 January.

MD Ahmed Adel Mohamed El-Mogy, a 27-year-old conscript, is accused of subjecting seven women, including protester Samira Ibrahim, to "virginity tests" against their will.

The women were initially arrested on 9 March, after the military attempted to disperse a sit-in in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. They were then taken to the notorious C28 military prosecution facility, where the tests were carried out.

Ibrahim, however, was the only one of the women to file a lawsuit against Egypt’s armed forces and ruling military council. On 27 December, the State Council Administrative Court issued a landmark ruling in Ibrahim’s favour, outlawing the use of "virginity tests" on female detainees.

In a taped account of the incident posted on YouTube, Ibrahim stated that she was taken into a room, told to undress and then subjected to the test by a man dressed in a Khaki army uniform.

Earlier this week, military prosecutors toned down the charges against El-Mogy from sexual assault to “performing an act that violates modesty."

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