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Egyptian woman in videotaped airport incident sentenced to 4 years in prison

A video uploaded to the internet in May, showed El-Narsh yelling at and hit a police officer while saying that she had to get on the plane after waiting for three hours

Ahram Online , Saturday 3 Oct 2015
Yasmin El-Nersh
A still photo from video which recorded the altercation between Yasmin El-Nersh and a police officer at Cairo Airport (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Yasmin El-Narsh, who was videotaped assaulting an airport police officer in April, was sentenced to four years in prison on Saturday on charges of drug possession and police assault.

El-Narsh, who appeared behind bars during the court session, was also fined LE50,000 (approximately US$6,400). The verdict can still be appealed.

The incident took place on 28 April when El-Narsh arrived late for a plane to Hurghada.

The video that was uploaded to the internet in May showed El-Narsh yelling at the police officer and hitting him once on the chest with both of her hands.

The argument started when she said she had to get on the plane after waiting for three hours but airport authorities said she was too late.

The defendant was arrested a few days after the incident, following a search of her personal belongings where hashish was discovered, according to the police. 

The general prosecution referred El-Narsh to court saying that she "used force and violence and threatened the policeman."

The prosecution added that El-Narsh "removed her garments, showing parts of her body, which are shameful acts in the airport lounge."

During her defence speech on Saturday prior to the verdict, El-Narsh said that she was framed, Ahram Arabic news website reported.

She also said that the airport police and the tourism police, who were called to the scene, cussed her and that's why she lost her temper.

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