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Somalia: Where being raped is a crime…

February 6, 2013

And so is reporting it.

A Somali woman who said she was raped by state security forces, and a journalist who interviewed her, were each sentenced to a year in jail on Tuesday in a trial described by human rights advocates as “a terrible miscarriage of justice”.

The 27-year-old woman was accused of insulting a government body and making false claims. The court in the capital, Mogadishu, said it based its decision on medical evidence that she was not raped, but the judge deferred her sentence until she has weaned her infant child.

The freelance reporter Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim was also given a jail sentence of one year. He interviewed the woman in early January but never filed a story. He too was charged with insulting state institutions. The two defendants are expected to appeal against their sentences.


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  1. Reminds me of that story from Afghanistan a few months back – a woman was raped and was about to be executed for “adultery”, and had to be excused by the government. No doubt that happens a lot – only this case caught onto international pressure. Terrifying, really.

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