By Mai Shams El-Din
CAIRO: The Administrative Court will rehear the case brought against Egypt’s military judiciary by activist Samira Ibrahim for referring her to a military trial.
The court ordered lawyers representing the military judiciary and those representing Ibrahim to re-present on May 29 their arguments in the trial.
Ibrahim, a protester who was subjected to a forced virginity test in a military prison last March, was handed a one-year suspended sentence after being arrested during a crackdown by military police on a Tahrir sit-in.
“The whole case, which has been going on for a year and was set today for a final verdict, will be restarted because lawyers representing the military judiciary did not submit papers including [those explaining] why I received a prison sentence,” Ibrahim told Daily News Egypt on Tuesday.
“This is normal and expected, it is the Egyptian military,” Ibrahim added.
Ibrahim filed two other cases, one of which was in front of a military court against Ahmed Adel El-Mougy, a doctor who was performing his military service when he allegedly conducted the forced virginity test against seven women including Ibrahim.
The court acquitted El-Mougy, a decision that was slammed by local and international rights organizations who doubted the independence of the military judiciary system.
The Administrative Court deemed the procedure of conducting virginity tests inside military prisons illegal in the third case Ibrahim filed.