CAIRO: Sharabia Misdemeanor Court Saturday sentenced Abdel Latif Abdel Fattah, 39, to one year in prison and ordered he pay a 3,000 EGP fine ($420) for filming a woman’s sensitive body parts while she was sleeping on a bus, the state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported Sunday.
The verdict took place just three days after the date of the alleged incident.
Al-Ahram reported other bus passengers were shocked Wednesday when they saw Abdel Fattah, an electrician, filming the woman with his mobile phone while she was sleeping. He was seized by other passengers, who delivered him to the Sharabia Police Station in North Cairo.
Egypt is currently reeling from a series of high-profile sexual harassment and assault cases in Tahrir Square just before and during the inauguration of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on June 8. A video of a mother who was stripped naked and bloodied after harassers ripped off her clothes and injured her on June 4 went viral on social media and reports and arrests over mob sexual harassment and assault were widespread.
The video incident sparked outrage, and Sisi visited the woman in the hospital.
Former President Adly Mansour amended articles in the 1937 Criminal Code to include criminalizing sexual harassment three days before handing over authority to Sisi.
The amendments stated that any person who sexually harasses a man or a woman will be imprisoned for at least six months, fined between 3,000 EGP to 5,000 EGP or both.