National News

Egypt sentences 8 to life for sexual assaults

By The Associated Press

CAIRO - 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.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Election 2014: Barriere councillor incumbent Amanda Sabyan
 
First snow fall of the year
 
Rovers come back bigger, better
City expresses concerns with recycling dropoff
 
Prince Rupert council candidates face the public at first forum
 
Ghosts of Nelson
Fernie mom strings together Beads of Courage
 
Sonny Saad Q & A
 
Brad Bowen Q & A

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.