Three people detained, four released pending investigations into Cairo Fairmont rape case

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Sep 2020

Hamada El-Sawy
Egypt's Public Prosecutor Hamada El-Sawy (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt’s prosecution ordered on Monday the detention of three people pending investigations into a gang rape that allegedly took place at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Cairo in 2014.

The prosecution also ordered the release of three people on EGP 100,000 bail and the release of another person pending investigations into “incidents they have been accused of during the current investigations into the rape of a girl at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel.

“The prosecution ordered the defendants be examined for drugs by the forensics authority with two of the defendants being medically examined as well,” read the prosecution's statement released late Monday.

The prosecution also sent the mobile phones found with the defendants to the Ministry of interior’s Technical Aids General directorate to transcribe chats on social media networks, download its data, and retrieve deleted data.

The prosecution's statement made no mention of the names of the defendants in the case that has gripped the attention of Egyptian social media users.

The “Fairmont incident”, which allegedly took place in August 2014, gained widespread attention on social media in July after an anonymous Instagram account accused a group of young men of being involved in a gang rape following a dance party at the luxurious hotel.

Seven defendants in the case left the country via Cairo International Airport in July, days after the alleged crime went viral on social media, according to a previous statement by the prosecution. 

Lebanese authorities say they have arrested three Egyptians who are wanted in Egypt in connection with the case, and that two of the other suspects have fled Lebanon.

Another defendant in the case, Amir Zayed, was arrested last week as he attempted to flee Egypt and is being detained pending investigation.

Defendant Omar Hafez was arrested earlier on Friday at Egypt’s North Coast.

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