An Egyptian army doctor has been found not guilty of forcing a virginity test on a pro-democracy protester.
Dr.Ahmed Adel was cleared by the military court because the judge found contradictions in witness statements.
Several woman complained of having to submit to a five-minute-long test by a male doctor after being arrested but only one has taken her complaint to court.
Samira Ibrahim defied taboos in the Muslim country to challenge the military over her treatment in detention. Her case was seen as a test by activists of the army’s pledge to investigate abuses and prosecute culprits.
Activists now claim the ruling reduces prospects for convicting soldiers accused of offences ranging from driving over demonstrators in army vehicles to beating others in the streets.
So far no soldiers have been convicted in cases that have been publicised although thousands of civilians have been hauled before military tribunals during the past year.
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