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Egypt sentences 8 to life in prison for sexual assaults

An Egyptian court sentenced eight men to life in prison for sexual assault during rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square.  The Egyptian government has decided to crack down on sexual assaults. (Ed Giles, 2013 Getty Images)
An Egyptian court sentenced eight men to life in prison for sexual assault during rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The Egyptian government has decided to crack down on sexual assaults. (Ed Giles, 2013 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/16 5:39 am

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced eight men to life in prison for sexual assaults on women during a number of public rallies in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square.

They are the first such heavy sentences against perpetrators of sexual violence following the government's decision to toughen penalties. Sexual violence has been on the rise in Egypt, particularly during public gatherings in the past three years.

The charges stemmed from four different incidents of sexual assault, including one during celebrations of the inauguration of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in June.

In a nationally televised session Wednesday, the judge sentenced the eight men to life in prison. Three of them received multiple life sentences for taking part in different assaults. Two other men got 20-year sentences.

 

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