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Fri Feb 15, 2019, 07:30 PM

El Salvador supreme court overturns 30-year sentence for a teen rape victim

Source: The Guardian and agencies

El Salvador supreme court overturns 30-year sentence for a teen rape victim

Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz, 19, was found guilty in July 2017 of aggravated homicide after having a stillbirth

Guardian staff and agencies in San Salvador
Fri 15 Feb 2019 21.31 GMT

El Salvador’s supreme court has overturned a 30-year sentence for a teenage rape victim who was convicted of aggravated homicide after having a stillbirth.

Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz, 19, was found guilty in July 2017 on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted to murder.

But on Friday the court ordered a new trial for Hernandez, who was released after almost three years in jail. She was greeted by activists chanting “Evelyn, you are not alone!”

During her trial, Hernandez said she had been repeatedly raped by a gang member and didn’t realize she was pregnant.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/15/el-salvador-supreme-court-overturns-30-year-sentence-for-a-teen-victim

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