File Photo: Egypt's High court. REUTERS
A famous dentist accused of harassing male patients while providing dental care at his clinic was sentenced to 16 years of rigorous imprisonment by an Egyptian criminal court on Thursday.
The official charges levelled against the dentist is indecently assaulting four men.
He was detained in January merely one day after the country’s prosecution received an online petition filed by a lawyer of three males who accused the doctor of previously “sexually harassing them and inciting them to commit debauchery with him.”
TV commercial director Tameem Younis and actor Abbas Abu El-Hassan are among the plaintiffs, according to previous public posts on their social media accounts.
Younis said in a live Instagram video earlier this year that he was sexually harassed when he was 22 years old by the dentist while receiving dental care at his clinic.
The online petition comes amid a MeToo wave that encouraged several sexual abuse victims to come forward and report to the authorities incidents of sexual misconduct they experienced.
Other sexual violence-related incidents have been under investigation in the past months.
Thursday’s ruling against the dentist is appealable.