Friday 28 November 2014

13 face trial for Egypt sex attacks

Published 14/06/2014 | 16:38

Egyptians celebrate after the swearing-in ceremony of President elect Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Tahrir square in Cairo, June 8, 2014. Sisi promised to rule Egypt in an inclusive manner after he was sworn in as president on Sunday but gave no indication he would reconcile with the Muslim Brotherhood movement he removed from power nearly a year ago.    REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Egyptians celebrate after the swearing-in ceremony of President elect Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Tahrir square in Cairo, June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Thirteen men have been referred to trial for assaulting women during a public rally, in what is the first implementation of tough new penalties against rampant sexual violence, officials in Egypt's top prosecutor's office said.

The referral comes less than a week after a mob brutally attacked and sexually assaulted a group of women during celebrations following the inauguration of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.

The speedy trial reflects a government push to address the issue. Harassment has long been a problem, but assaults have become more frequent and gruesome over the past three years.

Mr El-Sissi visited one of the survivors in hospital, apologising and promising tough actions against the attackers.

Press Association

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