Sunday 21 December 2014

Cairo sex attackers get life

Lin Nouehid

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30

Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, during the 'Arab spring' uprising that removed President Hosni Mubarak
Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, during the 'Arab spring' uprising that removed President Hosni Mubarak

An Egyptian court sentenced two men to life imprisonment and a third to 20 years in jail yesterday, for sexually assaulting and beating women during celebrations held after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's election.

The men were also asked to pay €10,000 each in compensation to their victims, who were forcibly separated from their friends and family, stripped of their clothes, beaten and sexually assaulted by gangs of men during a rally on June 6.

Egypt has clamped down on gang sex attacks in recent months, putting 13 men on trial in late June on accusations of attacking women during rallies around Cairo's Tahrir Square, the heart of the 2011 revolution.

It passed a law in June criminalising sexual harassment and making it punishable by at least six months in jail or fines.

However, the men sentenced yesterday faced far more serious charges including attempted murder, torture, kidnapping and violating their victims' honour, a euphemism for sexual assault. They bring to 12 the number of men who have received lengthy prison terms in recent weeks for mob attacks.

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