CAIRO: Mahalla Misdemeanor Court Judge Mohamed Mounir has recused himself from the “Enteel” case filed against karate instructor Abdel-Fattah Al-Saidi on charges he had sex with women at a health club in Mahalla Al-Kobra, Gharbia governorate, Al-Ahram newspaper reported Saturday.
Mounir stepped down citing “embarrassment” in discussing the contents of the case. The case will be returned to the attorney general to select another circuit, Youm7 reported.
Saidi is charged with promoting public disorder, adultery with a number of women and filming women in compromising situations without their knowledge.
In June, former interim President Adly Mansour issued a decree criminalizing sexual harassment after a string of high profile sexual assaults. Any person who sexually harasses a man or a woman in any form will be jailed for at least six months and fined 3,000 EGP ($419) to 5,000 EGP according to the latest law.
A 2013 United Nations study found that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed. Non-governmental organizations and anti-harassment movements have been pressuring the government to address the problem.