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Egyptian woman in videotaped airport incident sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison after retrial

The case goes back to April 2015 when a video went viral showing Yasmine El-Narsh aggressively arguing with a policeman at Cairo International Airport

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Mar 2018
Yasmin El-Narsh
A still photo from video which recorded the altercation between Yasmin El-Narsh and a police officer at Cairo Airport (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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An Egyptian woman who was videotaped assaulting a policeman at Cairo International Airport three years ago was sentenced to a three-and-a-half years in prison on Sunday after being charged of assault and possession of drugs following a retrial. 

Yasmine El-Narsh was also hit with an EGP 50,000 fine by a Cairo criminal court. 

The case goes back to April 2015 when a video showing El-Narsh aggressively arguing with a policeman at the airport went viral, after she was told she could not board her plane to Hurghada because she was late.

Shortly after the video made rounds, the interior ministry issued a statement saying that drugs were discovered in El-Narsh's possession when she was searched in the wake of the incident.

However, her lawyer argued that the female airport employee who conducted the search on El-Narsh and found hashish had no legal right to do so since she was not part of the police force.

On February 2017, the Court of Cassation ordered a retrial for El-Narsh, cancelling a previous sentence issued in October 2015 of four years in prison, as well as a fine of EGP 50,000.

In February, El-Narsh was released on bail of EGP 20,000, after almost two years in prison.

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