Egypt postpones virginity test trial

Feb. 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM
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NASR CITY, Egypt, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- An Egyptian military court has ordered a postponement in the case against military doctors accused of conducting virginity tests on a female activist.

The court said it will wait until Feb. 20 to take testimony from three doctors wanted for questioning by lawyers for activist Samira Ibrahim, Egypt's al-Masry al-Youm reported Tuesday.

"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."

Ibrahim filed suit months after reports surfaced that women arrested by the military for taking part in a sit-in were subjected to virginity tests while in custody.

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

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