Egypt Court Clears Doc of 'Virginity Tests'

Doctor had given forced tests on female protesters last year

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 11, 2012 7:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Egyptian army doctor who infamously carried out forced "virginity tests" on several protesters last March during the democratic uprisings, has been acquitted in a military court, reports the BBC. Samira Ibrahim, a protester who said she was subjected to the forced examination, brought legal action against the doctor, but the judge cleared the doctor after finding that witness testimony had too many contradictions. Demonstrators say they will protest the judge's ruling. An earlier administrative court decision did rule that the forced tests were illegal.

In this Thursday, March 8, 2012 photo, Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim attends a rally in downtown Cairo, Egypt to mark International Women's Day.   (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Egyptian women protest against the military council violations and virginity tests on women, outside the State Council court in Cairo on December 27, 2011. A Cairo court ordered the Egyptian army to stop...   (Getty Images)
In this Thursday, March 8, 2012 photo, Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim, center, attends a rally in downtown Cairo, Egypt to mark International Women's Day. Ibrahim sued a military doctor for forcing...   (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
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