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Reprieve for Kenyan woman assaulted in Lebanon

One of two Kenyan women who had been threatened with deportation after being filmed receiving kicks and blows from an army official in Lebanon, has been granted a temporary reprieve.

The two Kenyans identified as Rosa and Shamila were arrested in June after the incident and detained along with the Lebanese soldier who was off duty, plus three other attackers.

In the 39-second video of the incident near the capital city Beirut, the two women were pulled by the hair and repeatedly beaten by four people. Subsequent media reports indicated that they will be deported from the country.

However, the country’s spokesperson for the Directorate of General Security has said that Shamila will stay in the country until the case is heard and determined.

Last month, Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it will follow up the matter with the Lebanese authority and ensure that justice is served to the two victims.

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