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    29 July 2009 02:31 UK Sudanese woman faces 40 lashes A Sudanese woman who is due to appear in court in Khartoum says she faces up to 40 lashes for wearing
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 28, 2009
      29 July 2009 02:31 UK

      Sudanese woman 'faces 40 lashes'

      A Sudanese woman who is due to appear in court in Khartoum says she faces up to 40 lashes for wearing trousers.

      The woman, Lubna Hussein - a former journalist who now works for the United Nations - has invited journalists and observers to the trial.

      She was arrested along with several other women earlier this month for wearing indecent clothing.

      She said 10 of the women, including non-Muslims, each received 10 lashes and a fine of $100.

      Ms Hussein and two other women asked for a lawyer, delaying their trials.

      Now Ms Hussein has printed 500 invitation cards and sent out emails, saying she wanted as many people as possible to attend her hearing on Wednesday.

      She says she has done nothing wrong under Sharia law, but could fall foul of a paragraph in Sudanese criminal law which forbids indecent clothing.

      "I want to change this law, because this law doesn't match in constitution," she told the BBC.

      The BBC's James Copnal in Khartoun says Ms Hussein is determined to generate as much publicity as she can. 
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