7 receive life sentences over mob harassment in Tahrir Square
The defendants during the trial - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The South Cairo Criminal Court sentenced seven defendants to life in prison over charges of mob sexual harassment in Tahrir Square and sentenced two others to 20 years in prison over the same charges. Three of them were fined 10,000 EGP (U.S. $1,400).

The nine defendants faced charges in four cases of harassment, kidnapping, stealing, and indecent assault in Tahrir Square on June 8. The assaults took place during celebrations of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inauguration as Egypt’s new president.

The total number of harassment cases considered before the court was five with 12 defendants facing the same charges.

During the hearing, there were altercations between the victims and a number of photojournalists who took photos of the women.

Additional reporting by Mahmoud Nasr and Mahmoud Hani.

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