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Egypt's top appeals court upholds death sentences for four men convicted of rape

Ahram Online , Wednesday 10 Jul 2019
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Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld on Wednesday death sentences issued in 2017 against four defendants convicted of the abduction and rape of a woman in the Nile Delta City of Tanta.

The incident dates back to mid-2014 when a woman was abducted by a rickshaw driver and three others, severely beaten, robbed and gang-raped near a farmland.

The initial sentences were issued by a criminal court in Tanta in May 2017. The defendants had pleaded guilty for the crimes.

Wednesday's sentences are final and cannot be appealed.

Earlier this year, a lower court in Cairo sentenced one man to death and another to 15 years in prison over the rape and attempted murder of a three-year-old toddler in Matariya in northeastern Cairo. That ruling was not final.

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