Media tycoon Mohamed El-Amin sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting underage girls

Ahram Online , Monday 23 May 2022

A Cairo Criminal Court sentenced on Monday media tycoon and businessman Mohamed El-Amin to three years in prison and fined him EGP 200,000 for sexually assaulting seven underage girls at an orphanage he established in Upper Egypt.

Mohamed El-Ami

El-Amin was arrested in late January over accusations of human trafficking and sexual assault at Upper Egypt's Safe Hands Home for Girls Orphanage, which he owns.

The prosecution based its case on the testimonies of 13 eyewitnesses – including officials from the social solidarity ministry and other children at the orphanage – as well as statements from the victims and evidence collected from El-Amin's mobile phone.

The prosecution also collected the testimony of the administrator of the Missing Children Facebook page Rami El-Gabali, who was informed about what happened from the girls themselves.

The Missing Children Facebook page aims to raise awareness about missing children in the country as well as the status of orphanages and care centres. 

El-Gebali provided a recording of a phone call between him and the victims where they made the allegations, according to the prosecution.

El-Amin’s phone contained a number of photos of the victims that proved he was at the orphanage on the days the crimes took place, the prosecution added.

The prosecution said El-Amin sexually assaulted the victims and threatened them with violence and that he would expel them from the orphanage if they reported him.

Following his arrest, El-Amin's orphanage was shut down by the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the girls were transferred to another home.

El-Amin maintains that he is innocent and was framed by officials at the social solidarity ministry, according to his lawyer Tarek Gamil Said.

The famous businessman, who made his wealth in Kuwait, became a media mogul after 2011 when he founded a host of private satellite channels, including the CBC group and Modern network.

El-Amin sold his network to United Media Services several years ago.

The court ruling against El-Amin can still be appealed.

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