Egypt ends #MeToo case by sentencing man to 8 years for sexually harassing minors

A woman with the word “No” painted on her palm attends a meeting in New York City, USA, on October 3, 2018. AFP / Spencer Platt / Files
  • Ahmed Bassam Zaki sentenced to 7 years in prison in Egypt for sexual harassment of 3 underage girls and 1 year for possession of drugs.
  • Zaki is a former student at some of Egypt’s most elite schools and the American University of Cairo.
  • Claims against Zaki arose online last year through testimony about alleged rape and dozens of cases of assault on girls and women.

CAIRO: A court in Egypt on Sunday sentenced to eight years in prison a man who sexually harassed three minors and was found in possession of drugs in a case that revived the #MeToo movement in Egypt and sparked outrage on social media.

The court sentenced Ahmed Bassam Zaki – a former student at some of Egypt’s most elite schools and the American university in Cairo – to seven years in prison for sexually harassing three underage girls and one year for possession of drugs, according to a legal source.

Zaki, who is in his 20s, can appeal the verdict, the source added. He had already been sentenced in December to three years in prison for sexually harassing two young women by Egypt’s economic court, which is prosecuting cybercrime.

The court found that he had sent sexual photos to one of the women and repeatedly contacted the other without her consent.

Claims against Zaki arose online last year in the form of testimonies – many from classmates – released by the Instagram account Assault Police.

They included an alleged rape and dozens of cases of assault on girls and women, some of which involved extortion.

Zaki was arrested on July 4 and confessed to having attacked and blackmailed six complainants, one of whom was a minor.

The case revived a #MeToo campaign in Egypt in which women complain of violent sexual harassment, a criminal act since 2014.

Studies conducted by the United Nations say that most women in the conservative country have been subjected to harassment, ranging from catcalling to squeezing and groping or worse.

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