An Egyptian military court today acquitted an army doctor accused of forcing woman detainees to undergo virginity tests during last year’s protests in the iconic Tahrir Square here,a case that had triggered an outcry both at home and abroad.
Ahmed Adel,against whom one of the detainees Samira Ibrahim had levelled allegations,was acquitted by the military court in Cairo.
Adel was accused of forcing woman detainees to undergo virginity tests,after military personnel dispersed on March 9 last year a sit-in at the Tahrir Square by activists demanding quick transition to the civilian rule following the fall of the Mubarak regime.
Apart from 25-year-old Ibrahim,who brought the charges against Adel,six women had said that they were forced by the Egyptian army,while in detention,to submit to a five-minute “virginity test” by a male doctor.
Adel had been accused of “public indecency” and “disobeying military orders”,after the initial charge of rape was dropped.
The military tribunal said in its verdict today that it was confident that the doctor was innocent due to conflicting testimonies given by witnesses,according to MENA news agency.
The ruling comes “from what has been proven in documents and based on my conscience,” the judge was quoted as saying,adding that he had “not been subjected to any pressures.”
Following the verdict,Ibrahim,who was present in the court,shouted slogans like “down with the military” and stormed out of the building,witnesses said.