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In Kenya, 'grass cutter' gang rape trial opens

Published on Jun 24, 2014 4:24 PM
A protester holds a sign reading "1,200,000+ demand justice for Liz", as he takes part in a march through the Kenyan border town of Busia, on June 23, 2014, The trial of a man accused of carrying out a brutal gang rape of a schoolgirl, who was made to cut grass as punishment, opened Tuesday in western Kenya. -- PHOTO: AFP

BUSIA, Kenya (AFP) - Kenya on Tuesday began to try one of the suspects in a brutal schoolgirl gang-rape, whose initial punishment of cutting grass sparked international outrage.

The suspect, who is charged with gang-rape and grievous bodily harm, tried to cover his face as he appeared under tight police security, according to an AFP reporter in the courtroom in the western Kenyan town of Busia.

As the suspect is himself a minor, reporters and the public were ordered to leave the court after prosecution lawyers asked for the hearing to be closed.

Worldwide outrage over the alleged rapists’ lenient punishment last year prompted more than 1.7 million people to sign a petition demanding justice.

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