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Somali woman jailed for alleging rape

ANGRY: Protestors stand outside a court in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, holding placards with the face of journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim

A SOMALIAN woman has been jailed for a year after she accused the country's security forces of rape.

In a trial described by human rights groups as “a terrible miscarriage of justice,” the 27-year-old was found guilty of making a false accusation and insulting a government body.

The court in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, said it based its decision on medical evidence and AFP report that the judge has delayed sentencing so the unnamed woman can “spend one year in prison after finishing the breast feeding of her baby.”

Journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, was also jailed for 12 months for insulting state institutions by interviewing the woman about the alleged rape, although the story was never published. Ibrahim has been in detention since January 10, two days after the interview.

Speaking to The Guardian, Africa Director at Human Rights Watch, Daniel Bekele, said: “The court’s decision to convict an alleged rape victim and the journalist who interviewed her is a terrible miscarriage if justice, and send a chilling signal to victims of sexual assault in Somalia.”

The two defendants are expected to appeal against their sentences.

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