The title of an Al-Jazeera article released on March 11, 2012 is “Egypt CLEARS ‘virginity test‘ military doctor” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/03/2012311104319262937.html).
“A MILITARY court in Egypt has ACQUITTED a doctor who had been accused of FORCING female protesters to undergo virginity tests”, making this the latest example of the “force and pain” technique (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI), which, of course, is UGLY. “Ahmed Adel was cleared because the judge FOUND CONTRADICTIONS in witness statements, Egypt’s STATE-RUN Mena news agency reported on Sunday (March 11, 2012)”. THIS IS LEGIT. However, let’s remind ourselves again that this is a ” STATE-run news agency”, so we have to wonder IF this is true. Also, “MILITARY courts” ARE NOT CIVILIAN “courts”, so people are presumed GUILTY until proven INNOCENT when they should be INNOCENT until proven GUILTY. Unfortunately, we have something similar in the United States: the COURT MARTIAL.
“The case was brought by one of the women, Samira Ibrahim, who said the “tests” took place after they had been detained during protests last year (2011). As many as 17 came forward saying they were violated last year (2011) during the revolution. The verdict CANNOT be appealed. The court DENIED that such tests were carried out“. Again, there is still no DUE PROCESS or ACCOUNTABILITY in Egypt. The women who “were violated” included CBS News‘ Chief Foreign Correspondent LARA LOGAN (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO12X1nhzzk).
Of course, AS EXPECTED, this created a firestorm of controversy and reactions. “Ibrahim wrote on her Twitter account after the verdict” “NO ONE stained MY honour. The one that had her honor stained is Egypt. I WILL CARRY ON until I restore Egypt’s rights“. This sounds like what GIGI Ibrahim would say. It surely is weird how GIGI seems to pop up everywhere.
According to (human) rights lawyer Adel Ramadan, “The court’s denial of the tests being conducted WENT AGAINST written testimonies of several public figures who discussed the issue with several of the ruling generals”, the ” SUPREME COUNCIL of HOSNI MUBARAKS“ (Web-site/URL: http://www.monaeltahawy.com/blog/).
“The ruling comes “from what has been proven in documents and based on MY CONSCIENCE“, the judge said according to the MENA news agency, adding that he had “NOT been subjected to ANY pressures“. Surely, this judge has been BRAINWASHED by STATE media. People in countries with STATE media ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE a “conscience”. This is like saying HONG KONG media is COMPLETELY independent. TO HELL WITH THAT. Senior editors were standing over people’s shoulders telling them what to write. That’s why YONDEN LHATOO, one of Hong Kong’s finest journalists, quit. Actually, now that we’ve mentioned it, the lack of media freedom in CHINA could actually be WORSE than in the Middle East, because in the Middle East, at least there is Twitter so although people are being slaughtered, WE KNOW what’s going on, at least from the point of view of ACTIVISTS. In CHINA, this is actually WORSE because the government can now put hands on dissidents/activists and abduct them, WITHOUT the dissidents’/activists’ friends and family knowing and WITHOUT notifying them. In mainland China, there is no TWITTER, no FACEBOOK and even no GOOGLE: OK, Google redirects to “Google Hong Kong”, but this is HEAVILY censored. Of course, this is TERRIBLE.
“Adel was accused of “public indencency” and “DISOBEYING MILITARY ORDERS“, after the initial (and MORE SERIOUS) charge of rape had been dropped”. WOW. Ahmed Adel “disobeyed military orders” and IS STILL ALIVE? Most people would be SHOT ON THE SPOT/EXECUTED for committing the same offense.
According to Al Jazeera‘s Rawya Rageh, “reporting from outside the court in Cairo”, “It was CHAOTIC in the courtroom after the verdict was announced (obviously), outside the courtroom, people were chanting against military rule“, as they have been doing for such a long time now. Egypt has been “chaotic” FOR SUCH A LONG TIME NOW.
Finally, according to Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, “Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International”, “These tests had amounted to TORTURE and (this) verdict has sent a WRONG message” obviously. “It shows that women’s rights ARE NOT important in Egypt”. Again, we can relate this to what happened to LARA LOGAN: “I had no idea that it was so rife that many Egyptian men admit to sexually harassing women and THINK IT’S PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, in fact blame THE WOMEN for it” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO12X1nhzzk). CHINESE women should learn from this: women should fight for what they deserve, including the right to WORK OUTSIDE THE HOME, not just SIT AROUND AT HOME AND GET PREGNANT.