Wednesday 24 January 2018

13 face trial for Egypt sex attacks

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
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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