5 Aug 2009

Trial over trouser wearing on hold amid protests

1:20 pm on 5 August 2009

The trial of a Sudanese woman accused of dressing indecently by wearing trousers in public has been adjourned for a month.

Police used teargas to disperse protesters rallying outside the courthouse in support of Lubna Hussein.

The former journalist and United Nations press officer is facing 40 lashes for wearing trousers in public, in a case that has become a public test of Sudan's indecency laws.

Women's groups have complained the law gives no clear definition of indecent dress, leaving the decision of whether to arrest a woman up to individual police officers.

Ms Hussein says the judge has adjourned her case until 7 September.