Alleged rape victim jailed in Somalia

A woman who accused security forces in Somali of rape has been jailed, a court official in Mogadishu told the Associated Press. The official said the court based its decision on medical evidence the woman was not raped.

The woman was sentenced to one year in prison, along with a reporter. The court official said the alleged victim's prison term would be delayed so she could take care of her young child. The woman was charged by the court of the following offences:

  • Insulting a government body
  • Inducing false evidence
  • Simulating a criminal offence
  • Making a false allegation

The reporter was charged with insulting a government body and inducing the woman to give false evidence.

Rights groups say the case is politically motivated because the woman accused security forces of sexual assault.