Egypt jails nine men convicted of sexual assault during Sisi inauguration rally
Campaigners against sexual violence welcome long prison terms, as seven given life and two 20-year sentences
Patrick Kingsley in Cairo
theguardian.com, Wednesday 16 July 2014 17.13 BST
The outcry over the assaults led Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, to visit one of the victims in hospital. Photograph: APA images/Rex Features
Egypt continued its campaign against sexual crime on Wednesday, handing down a series of lengthy jail terms for nine men convicted of assaulting and raping women during a mass rally to celebrate the election of the country’s new president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
Seven men were sentenced to life imprisonment and two others were jailed for 20 years for sexually assaulting several women during a rally in Tahrir Square on 8 June. The incidents, one of which was captured on video and circulated widely, caused outrage…
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