Egyptian court sentences five men to life for sexual harassment

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Posted: Jul 16, 2014 7:55 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced five men to life imprisonment on Wednesday for sexually harassing and attacking women during celebrations after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's election.

The verdict may ease concerns that Egyptian authorities have done little to tackle widespread sexual harassment. Another defendant was sentenced to 40 years in jail and a fourth to 20 years.

Sisi ordered the interior minister to fight sexual harassment following the arrest of seven men for attacking women near Cairo's Tahrir Square during his inauguration celebrations in June.

The attacks took place as thousands of people gathered on the streets, raising new worries about Egypt's commitment to fighting sexual violence.

A graphic video was posted on YouTube showing a naked woman with injuries on her hip being dragged through a large crowd toward an ambulance. It drew a massive public outcry and led further victims to come forward.

(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Kevin Liffey)