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article imageSudan to probe viral YouTube video of female flogging (video)

By Andrew Moran     Dec 13, 2010 in World
Khartoum - Sudan's judiciary branch has launched an investigation into a video apparently showing several Sudanese police officers flogging a woman. The video has gone viral over the Internet, including YouTube.
Please note that the video is extreme in nature and is intended for mature audiences only.
Sudan's judiciary branch has launched an investigation into a video that has gone viral over the Internet, including YouTube. The video apparently shows several Sudanese police officers flogging a woman.
For the last few days, a two-minute video showing a woman dressed in a cloak on her knees screaming and pleading to several blue-uniformed Sudanese police officers who continue to whip her across her head and feet has gone viral on YouTube and other streaming video websites.
English subtitles suggest that the officers threaten to jail the woman for 2 years if she doesn’t “bend down and sit on the ground.” Officers then state: “Sit down quickly. We want to go.” The lady continues to yell: “Enough, enough!” The camera pans to a couple of officers laughing, which is followed by another policeman whipping the woman.
It is unknown where the event took place nor is it possible to identify the woman being flogged but according to All Africa, Sudan’s judiciary has launched an investigation into the video: “The investigation was started immediately after the images of the young woman, being punished under Articles 154 and 155 of the 1991 Sudanese penal code, appeared on the Internet.”
The probe is to conclude as to whether or not the Sudanese policemen implemented the punishment correctly. Under Articles 154 and 155 of the Sudanese penal code allows flogging up to 100 lashes for adultery and or running a brothel – plus a five-year prison sentence.
On Sunday, deputy police chief Adel Al-Agib downplayed the incident and said the release of the video was to coincide with Human Rights Day and to tarnish the image of Sudan, reports the Sudan Tribune.
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