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Egypt court renews detention of 3 suspects in Fairmont rape case

Zeinab El-Gundy , Monday 28 Sep 2020
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An Egyptian court ordered on Monday the renewed the detention of three suspects for 15 days pending investigation into what has come to be known in the media as the "Fairmont rape case."

The three suspects – identified as Ahmed Toulan , Amr Hussein and Khaled Hussein – were initially detained pending investigation on Saturday.

Toulan and the Hussein siblings, alongside other suspects, are accused of drugging and raping a woman in a suite at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Cairo following a dance party in February 2014.  

The three were extradited to Egypt by Interpol on Saturday after they were arrested in Lebanon.

Lebanese authorities say that two other suspects in the case fled Lebanon before they could be apprehended.

Two of the suspects in the case, which so far involves a total of nine suspects, were arrested earlier, including one suspect who was apprehended as he attempted to flee Egypt.

Interpol is currently pursuing the remaining suspects, including the ex-husband of one of the main witnesses in the case who is currently believed to be in London, according to an Egyptian security source.

One of the other suspects , the son of a well-known Egyptian businessman, is believed to have fled to a European country, the source said, adding that the remaining suspects had already left Egypt before the crime was reported to the prosecutor-general on 4 August.

The case went viral in July on different social media platforms after an anonymous Instagram account published posts accusing a group of young men of being involved in a gang rape following a party at the hotel.

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