News

7 Men Aquitted of Sexual Assault Charges in Mit Ghamr Case

7 Men Aquitted of Sexual Assault Charges in Mit Ghamr Case

The city of Mit Ghamr. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

The seven men accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the Mit Ghamr city of Daqahlia were acquitted of the charges placed against them. Over the two days of the proceeding, ending on 22 March, the judge heard the testimony of the victim and witnesses, as well as defence lawyers.

The defence of the accused relied mainly on three main points: that questions by the prosecution implied inconsistencies in her testimony, the further claim that there is no definitive proof of the crime, and images from her accounts on social media meant to demonstrate that she does not abide by conservative social norms.

The reasoning for the verdict is yet to be published.

Egypt’s Public Prosecution announced the arrest of the seven men in December of last year after they were recognised with the help of security camera footage. The arrests came after social media posts went viral when Bassant exposed the incident and found herself facing further threats and harassment, which according to her Facebook account she is still experiencing.

In her Facebook post published on 22 March, she lamented the lack support from the prosecution, in contrast with statements made by the Prosecutor General calling on victims of sexual harassment to come forward with their stories, assuring that their rights would be protected.

أنا بسنت، أو “فتاة ميت غمر” كما تداولت الميديا أخباري من ديسمبر اللي فات.

طول الوقت اللي فات فضلت عدم الظهور وانتظار…

Posted by Basant Mahmoud on Monday, March 22, 2021

The Public Prosecution’s statement expressed that a group of men formed a circle around the victim and harassed her, touching her private parts, and pushing themselves against her.

Bassant posted a number of messages and appeared on Lamees Al Hadidy’s show where she asked for protection, saying that she feared for her life after being threatened to drop her accusations.

The ruling could be appealed, but by the prosecution, not the victim.

Rescue Operation Underway to Free Ship Blocking Egypt's Suez Canal
To Dream Together: How 'NubiYouth' Supports and Connects Nubians Globally

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Bus and Truck Collision in Egypt’s Assiut Kills 20

Olivia Mustafa14 April 2021

Egypt Impounds Ever Given Ship Over Suez Canal Compensation Dispute

Olivia Mustafa14 April 2021

In Photos: Cairo Citadel’s Iftar Cannon Goes off for First Time in 30 Years

Egyptian Streets13 April 2021

Ahmed Bassam Zaki Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

Olivia Mustafa11 April 2021

45 Million Egyptian Facebook Users Impacted in Data Leak: Reports

Olivia Mustafa11 April 2021

The Egyptian Museum Makes it to UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ Tentative List

Egyptian Streets9 April 2021

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass Announces Discovery of Lost ‘Golden’ City in Luxor

Egyptian Streets8 April 2021

Egyptian Oranges Hit Japanese Shores

Olivia Mustafa7 April 2021