News story: Minister for Africa comments on rape case in Somalia

Ministry of Defence said:
Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, said:
“The UK is very concerned by the conviction yesterday of a woman in Somalia who alleged that she was raped, and of the journalist who investigated her case.
“The Foreign Secretary raised our concerns about this case during the Somali President’s visit to the UK this week. The President gave the Foreign Secretary assurances that his government takes a zero-tolerance approach to the perpetrators of sexual violence.
“We will be following up the case with the Somali Government. It is vital that the rights of both the individuals involved in this case are respected, including the right to a fair and transparent judicial process and the right of appeal. And it is essential that victims of rape or sexual violence are able to report such crimes without recrimination.
“We welcome the Somali Government’s plans to strengthen their police and justice system so that the rule of law can be established throughout Somalia. This case demonstrates the necessity to reform the judicial system. We have pledged to support their efforts, and have agreed with the Somali Government both to challenge impunity of perpetrators of sexual violence and to develop pilot programmes under the Foreign Secretary’s Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative. Both of these themes will be important components of the Somalia Conference in May.”
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Book Reviewer
This is odd, even for the MOD_RSS service. Three points to note:

1. Umm, this being an Army site - so what?

2. That Mr Hague is fascinated by the PSVI is one thing, but it is frankly NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH THE UK.

3. We support Governments and train forces (APS?) who routinely carry out astonishing acts of sexual violence, so it's a bit rich to come down against it now.
You can just see the descision makers at the secret MoD RSS volcano base all seated around a SMRRSCH style table:

Mmmhhhhh, which propaganda headline should we run with:

"Yorkshire IQs tumble for the 10th century in sucession."

"Kent police are all ****ing well bent!"

"Chutney ferrets get hitched!"

"Dead plantagenet princes found under Queen's new patio!"

"Cameron doesn't know what his arse is for!"

"Some nameless somali woman gets raped!"

....thats a tough one......


Kit Reviewer
They've been putting up FO Cock Clagg for months now. They should have their auto post rights withdrawn until we get back to stories about the HMS Celeste putting in a hardship posting to the British Virgin Islands, the RAF having to check into a 4 Star or the AGC re-writing JSP101 to include more Colons.

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