Egyptian media tycoon Mohamed El-Amin detained 4 days over human trafficking charges

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 8 Jan 2022

Mohamed El-Amin

Egypt's public prosecution ordered well-known business and media tycoon Mohamed El-Amin be detained for four days pending investigation over charges of human trafficking and assaulting underage girls residing at his orphanage in Upper Egypt.

The decision was issued on Friday after security authorities had received a report alleging that El-Amin had "committed acts that are punishable by law against a number of girls at the orphanage" he founded in Beni Suef.

The public prosecution requested the Department of Human Trafficking and Irregular Immigration to conduct investigations to reveal further details about the allegation.

The Safe Hands Home for Girls orphanage was opened in March 2021. It was shut down recently due to administrative reasons, according to local media reports, which added that the residents were transferred to another home.

El-Amin founded and owned a host of private satellite channels, including the CBC group and Modern network.

Egypt has recently been encouraging sexual assault victims to come forward. A number of sexual violence incidents have been under investigation in the past several months.

Last year, the state has ratified a law to keep the identity of victims of sexual assault and harassment confidential in a bid to encourage the victims to speak up.

Under the Egyptian penal code, sexual assault is punishable by a minimum prison sentence of seven years and a maximum of life imprisonment. The anti-human trafficking law also punishes traffickers with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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