Egyptian sports official fined for breast grope in London: British media

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 12 Sep 2012

Ibrahim Ahmed Khalil spends two days in custody before being fined by court for groping woman's breasts at London Paralympics, attempts to claim diplomatic immunity to avoid charge

Ibrahim Ahmed Khalil
Ibrahim Ahmed Khalil (Photo by Daily Mail newspaper)

Egyptian sports ministry representative Ibrahim Ahmed Khalil has been fined for groping a 21-year-old woman's breasts at the Paralympic Games in London.

According to a report in Britain's Daily Mail on Wednesday, Khalil, a member of the Egyptian Paralympics delegation, was arrested hours before the event's closing ceremony.

"The Egyptian embassy tried to claim diplomatic immunity, but the attempt failed and Khalil wept yesterday as he was fined by magistrates," said the report.

Khalil was arrested in the hotel and spent two days in custody before appearing in court. He told officers he had been due to attend the Paralympics closing ceremony that evening.

"He told police he poked the girl’s breast to tell her where she should put the badge (of Egypt's flag). He said he didn’t really understand what he had done wrong, but wanted to apologise because she was upset with him," said Regina Naughton, prosecuting at City of London Magistrates’ Court.

"The court accepted his apology ‘on the basis that it is a one-off error of judgment’ and ordered him to pay a £160 fine, £100 costs, £100 compensation to the woman, and a £15 victim surcharge. Embassy officials will pay on his behalf," Magistrate Sarah Graham said.

The Egyptian sports ministry has yet to comment on the issue.

Egypt's Paralympians were welcomed by hundreds of people when there arrived at Cairo airport on Monday evening.

They won 15 medals (four gold, four silver and seven bronze) as Egypt finished 28 out of 74 countries in the medal table.

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