File photo of Egypt's High Court of Justice
A New Cairo court decided on Saturday to renew the detention for two of its suspects for another 45 days pending more investigations into the gang rape case, commonly known in the media as “The Fairmont rape case” which goes back to 2014.
The two suspects were arrested between late August and September, despite one suspect’s attempt to flee the country.
Three other suspects in the same case were arrested by Egyptian police in September after they were arrested in Beirut in August and Interpol returned them to the country.
The five suspects are currently facing a number of allegations including contributing to the gang rape of a young lady at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Cairo in February 2014.
The case came to surface in the summer of 2020 through an anonymous account on Instagram before the National Council of Women officially reported it to the public prosecution on behalf of the victim.
Two other suspects in the case fled Lebanon before they could be apprehended, according to the Lebanese authorities. The whereabouts of the two remaining suspects is still unknown.
According to the investigation, the public prosecution found out that seven suspects in the case decided to flee the country for fear of arrest after their photos and personal details were shared on several social media accounts before an official complaint reached the prosecution on 4 August 2020.
The prosecution revealed that the suspected divided themselves in to three groups, the first group departed Cairo international airport on 27 July while the second group departed on 28 July then the third and the last group left on 29 July.
According to the prosecution, the suspects participated in raping a girl as a group and wrote their names on her body at the Fairmont hotel and that other suspects participated in the crime by providing them with the crime scene and other tools used in the crime.