Virginity test case postponed to 20 February

The case against military doctors who conducted virginity tests on activist Samira Ibrahim was postponed to 20 February in order to hear testimony from three other doctors.

On Monday, the Nasr City military court issued the decision, which angered activists.

“The prison warden has denied conducting such tests on female detainees,” said Ibrahim’s lawyer, Ahmed Hossam. “But we are summoning other doctors who were not investigated by the prosecution.”

The session began at eleven in the morning and ended at six in the evening, which Ibrahim’s supporters considered a deliberate attempt from the court to exhaust the supporters and force them not to attend future sessions of the trial.

“It is obvious the military council is doing anything to win the case,” said Ibrahim.

Ibrahim filed the case months following media reports of women being forced to undergo virginity tests first emerged. Tests reportedly occurred in March after women were arrested by the military for participating in a sit-in.

The news of the virginity tests created international outrage and Ibrahim has become an icon of resistance. She is the only woman subjected to the virginity tests who has pressed charges.

Ibrahim already won a case in December when an administrative court ruled that virginity tests on women in military custody are illegal.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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