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Mon Aug 19, 2019, 09:23 PM

El Salvador: Evelyn Hernandez cleared over baby's death

Source: BBC

36 minutes ago

A 21-year-old woman in El Salvador whose baby was found dead in the toilet where she gave birth has been cleared of murder during a retrial.

Evelyn Hernández had always maintained she was innocent, saying that she did not know she was pregnant and lost consciousness during the birth.

Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of 40 years.

Her case has been closely watched in El Salvador and abroad with women's rights activists calling for her acquittal.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49368632




Ms Hernández had repeatedly said she was innocent (AFP)

Source: Associated Press

El Salvador rape victim acquitted over stillbirth murder charge

Associated Press
Mon 19 Aug 2019 23.42 BST

A young rape victim who was suspected of having an abortion and charged with homicide after having a stillborn child has been acquitted by a judge at a retrial in a case that attracted international attention to El Salvador’s strict abortion laws.

Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez, now 21, had served 33 months of a 30-year prison sentence when her conviction was overturned in February for lack of evidence and a new trial was ordered. Prosecutors had asked for a 40-year sentence.

The retrial was a first for such a case in the Central American nation, where prosecutors have aggressively pursued legal cases against women who have had miscarriages or other obstetric emergencies, accusing them of murder.

“Thank God, justice was done,” Hernandez said following the announcement of the verdict, visibly emotional as dozens of women waited at the courthouse. “I also thank you who have been present here.”

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/20/el-salvador-victim-acquitted-over-stillbirth-charge

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CaliforniaPeggy Aug 20 #1

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Tue Aug 20, 2019, 02:21 AM

1. Finally, justice was done in this country.

Now, let there be justice for all the women who have been unfairly and unjustly accused.

And El Salvador's course against women is just what republicans in the USA want to happen here.



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