This morning in Cairo a military court has acquitted an army doctor accused of carrying out forced "virginity tests" on women protesters during the Egyptian revolution last year. The military judge said he cleared the army doctor because he found contradictions in witness statements and that he made the ruling "from what has been proven in documents and based on my conscience," adding that he had "not been subjected to any pressures". The army initially denied such tests had taken place, but a senior general later admitted that they had happened.
The military's modus operandi whenever they are accused of committing a crime: (1) claim it never happened, (2) when it’s proven beyond doubt that it actually happened, deny responsibility and blame "foreign hands", (3) then grudgingly admit that it did happen but justify it by blaming the victims, (4) find a low level staff and present as a culprit (a scapegoat) to distract the media and the public, (5) send the case to a military court, (6) drop initial charges to a lower less serious ones (e.g., it's not "rape" but "public indecency") and (7) find the scapegoat innocent.
Last week we had the only police officer convicted of killing protesters during the 18-day uprising cleared (details in my earlier post here) and today the only military personnel accused of carrying out the despicable forced “virginity test” was acquitted. Some argue that even if the “scapegoats” were found guilty, justice would not have been served, as the real culprits remain free and untouched. It’s not about a rogue police officer or barbaric military doctor but a decaying regime that lost it’s head but the body is still moving and is about to get a new head.