February 07, 2013
By The Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - A court official in Mogadishu says that a woman who has said she was raped by security forces has been sentenced to one year in prison. A reporter was also given the same sentence.
The official, Ahmed Farah, said the court based its decision on medical evidence the woman was not raped.
Human rights groups have decried the case as politically motivated because the woman had accused security forces of the sexual assault.
Farah said the woman’s prison term would be delayed by one year so she could care for her young child.
The alleged rape victim was charged with insulting a government body, inducing false evidence, simulating a criminal offence and making a false accusation.
Journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur was charged with insulting a government body and inducing the woman to give false evidence.