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Furore over grasscutting penalty for gang rape suspects; Kenya to formally press charges

Published on Apr 1, 2014 10:56 PM
 

NAIROBI (AFP) - A group of men in Kenya accused of ferociously gang raping a schoolgirl and originally punished by being made to cut grass around a police station are to be formally charged, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Worldwide outrage over the punishment last year prompted over 1.6 million people to sign a petition demanding justice, with the office of the director of public prosecution then ordering an investigation into the handling of the case.

After reviewing the evidence, the prosecutor's office said in a statement on Tuesday it had "directed that the suspects be charged with gang rape".

The 16-year-old victim, known by the pseudonym Liz, was reportedly attacked, beaten and then raped by six men as she returned from her grandfather's funeral in western Kenya in June. The gang dumped her, bleeding and unconscious, in a deep sewage ditch.

 
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