EGYPT REFERS 13 TO TRIAL OVER TAHRIR SEX ATTACKS

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CAIRO: Egypt’s prosecution service on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) referred 13 men to trial for alleged sex attacks on women at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, including during inaugural celebrations for new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. It was the first time charges have been made in the North African country in connection with mass sexual assaults. The attacks took place on January 25, 2013, as Egypt marked the second anniversary of the 2011 revolt, and on June 3 and June 8 this year as revelers marked Sisi’s election victory and inauguration, the prosecutor general’s office said. The 13 accused, including a minor, are charged with “kidnapping, raping, sexually attacking, attempting to murder and torturing the women”, it said. If convicted of the charges, the defendants could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

AFP

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