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Two Egyptians jailed in underage TikTok influencer's rape case

The perpetrators were sent to two years in prison and fined EGP 200,000

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Feb 2021
Menna Abdel Aziz
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Egypt’s Economic Court sentenced on Tuesday two people to two years in prison for uploading videos defying public morality.

The court sentenced Mazen Ibrahim and Shaimaa Shaker to two years in prison with labour for spreading videos involving the rape of the underage Egyptian TikToker Aya, who is commonly known by the alias Menna Abdel-Aziz, on social media in May.

The two were fined EGP 200,000 in a civil lawsuit filed by lawyer Ashraf Farahat for spreading immorality last year.

In July 2020, Egypt’s public prosecution referred six people to the criminal court on charges including kidnapping and sexually assaulting the 17-year-old TikToker.

The story of Abdel-Aziz was made public when she revealed in a live Instagram video in May that one of her friends had raped, beaten, and injured her, and pleaded for help from the government.

Ibrahim and Shaker appeared online in live videos on Facebook and Instagram defending themselves and trash-talking the victim and sharing videos of her being sexually assaulted online.

Besides looking into economic and commercial disputes, the Economic Court’s jurisdiction involves cybercrimes, which include publishing non-authorised material on social media.

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