Court sentences five people to prison for kidnapping, rape of underage Tiktoker

Ahram Online , Monday 24 May 2021

The court acquitted the owner of the hotel where the crime took place.

Menna Abd El-Aziz
TikToker ‘Menna Abd El-Aziz’ (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A Giza criminal sentenced five people to prison on Monday for the kidnap and rape of 17-year-old Egyptian Tiktoker Aya Abdel-Aziz, who is commonly known as Menna Abdel-Aziz.

The court sentenced Bassam Reda Saber to 11 years in prison and a fine of EGP 14,000 for kidnapping, sexual assault, rape, theft and drug possession.

The court also sentenced Mazen Ibrahim to nine years in prison and an EGP 14,000 fine, and Shaimaa Shaker to eight years in prison and an EGP 10,000 fine.

Defendant Fatima Shaker was sentenced to four years and an EGP 10,000 fine, while the fifth defendant was sentenced three years in prison.

The court acquitted the owner of the hotel where the crime took place.

In July 2020, the public prosecution referred six people to 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.

In February 2021, the economic court sentenced Mazen Ibrahim and Shaimaa Shaker to two years in prison with labour for posting videos involving the rape of the underage Egyptian TikToker on social media in May.

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

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