Driver accused in Habiba El-Shamaa attempted kidnapping case sentenced to 15 years

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 15 Apr 2024

A Cairo criminal court sentenced on Monday an Uber driver accused of attempting to kidnap Habiba El-Shamaa - who died after sustaining serious injuries in the incident - to 15 years in prison and fined him EGP 50,000.

Habiba El-Shamma
Habiba El-Shamma


The Public Prosecution argued to the court that the defendant initiated his malicious actions against the victim immediately after she boarded his vehicle thus sending her into a state of fear for her safety.

The verdict can be appealed.

Habiba, 24, sustained a brain haemorrhage after she jumped out of the vehicle car to escape the driver in the case that rattled the public in late February.

She went into a coma for 21 days before passing away.

In mid-March, the prosecution indicted the driver on charges of attempted kidnapping, possession of illegal narcotics, and driving under the influence.

Uber legal representatives told investigators that the share riding company closed the defendant’s account due to sexual harassment complaints against him.

However, the driver returned to work with the app under a fake national ID number, explained the Uber reps.

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