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Judge: No flogging for female trouser-wearing journalist in Sudan

A woman journalist was convicted Monday of public indecency for wearing trousers but was spared a sentence of flogging. A defiant Lubna Hussein said she would not pay a $200 fine and would take a month in prison instead to protest Sudan’s draconian morality laws.

The 43-year-old journalist has set out to challenge the police and courts since her arrest in July by insisting the case go to trial, aiming to embarrass the Khartoum government with the publicity. Her prosecution – and the prospect that she could get the full sentence of 40 lashes – drew an international outcry.

The judge’s decision to impose a fine equivalent to $200 appeared to be an attempt to curb the criticism.

“I will not pay a penny,” Hussein, who during the court session wore the same trousers that sparked her arrest, told The Associated Press after the ruling.

During the session, police rounded up about 40 women protesting outside the courthouse in support of Hussein, some of them wearing trousers as well in a sign of solidarity.

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