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The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama

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Julie Szego

In July 2008, 21-year-old Farah Jama, a refugee from Somalia, was sentenced to six years behind bars for the rape of a middle-aged woman as she lay unconscious in a Doncaster nightclub. Precisely how he had carried out the rape in the busy venue was a mystery to everyone.

The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama details the compelling account of Jama’s incarceration, followed by the eventual overturning of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Victorian legal history.

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Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction (2014), NSW Premier’s Literary Award – Multicultural (2015) and the Sisters in Crime Award (2015)

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Lawyer turned journalist Julie Szego meticulously details the compelling account of Jama’s incarceration, followed by the eventual overturning of his sentence.

Yet this story is more than just a cautionary tale about putting blind faith in science. It is an intriguing and confronting story about the heartache of migration and the trials of integration, cultural taboos and gender wars. Above all it is an encounter with the subtle, unseen prejudice that can cast its spell over even the most enlightened minds.

“A fascinating account of what can go wrong if the presumption of innocence is just a catch-cry. This book shows how dangerous it is when DNA evidence is allowed to trump common sense. I did not know of this trial until I read the book: I could not wait to find out how it went so wrong. The DNA evidence made no sense; the verdict seemed irrational. The result was a terrible injustice. To everyone.”
– Julian Burnside, AO QC, barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author.

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