Evelyn Hernandez, who was sentenced to 30 years in jail for a suspected abortion, arrives for a listening to in Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
CIUDAD DELGADO, El Salvador (Reuters) – The retrial of a Salvadoran lady convicted of aggravated murder after having a stillbirth was scheduled to renew on Thursday, providing a chance to overturn her 30-year sentence in a rustic that bans abortion in all circumstances.
In February, the Supreme Courtroom had ordered Evelyn Hernandez launched and re-tried as a result of the unique choose’s resolution was primarily based on prejudice and inadequate proof.
Hernandez, now 21, has served three years of the three-decade sentence that was handed down after prosecutors stated she had induced an abortion, regardless of her account that she was unaware of her being pregnant when she delivered a stillborn son in 2016.
She once more said her innocence within the retrial, which started in mid-July however went on recess as a result of sickness of a witness. Hernandez, a home employee who was learning to be a nurse, has stated she obtained pregnant after being raped by a gang member.
Any intentional termination of a being pregnant in El Salvador may be prosecuted as a criminal offense, together with stillbirths attributable to dwelling supply or abortions induced due to medical emergencies.
Some 147 Salvadoran ladies had been sentenced to as much as 40 years in jail in such instances between 2000 and 2014, in line with the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion.
Hernandez’s retrial is the primary such case to be heard beneath President Nayib Bukele, who took workplace in June and has supported the suitable to abortion when a girl’s life is in danger.
(This story corrects paragraph 7 to say Bukele took workplace in June not July)
Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Modifying by Leslie Adler