Egypt Independent

Court sentences two policemen to prison for sexually assaulting a woman



Cairo Criminal Court sentenced on Monday two policemen to prison on charges of sexually assaulting a woman in a patrol car.

Low ranking policeman Ibrahim Al-Rifaai received 10 years of strict imprisonment, while conscript Mohamed Taha received seven years of imprisonment.
 
The aforementioned defendants were accused of arresting a woman without prior warrant, and sexually assaulting her in the back seat of a patrol car in Al-Sahel neighbourhood of Shoubra.
 
They were arrested in December 2014 and then released a few days later after paying a bail of LE1,000 (around $60) each.
 
Former General Prosecutor Hisham Barakat had referred the defendants to the criminal court in January 2015, after the forensic medicine authority report affirmed seminal fluids on the woman's clothes match those of the defendants.
 
Prosecution investigations stated that the policemen ordered the woman to step out of her car and took her to the patrol car claiming they will drive her home. They drove to a remote area and attempted to rape her.
 
According to Egyptian law, attempted rape is considered sexual assault, a charge different from rape.
 
The Penal Code states that sexual assault penalties range from three to seven years of strict imprisonment.