Cairo Economic Misdemeanors Court
A Cairo Economic Misdemeanors Court of Appeal accepted on Monday the appeal presented by Ahmed Bassam Zaki against a three-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting and harassing three minor girls using social media.
Zaki was sentenced in December 2020 by the Economic Court to three years in prison for sexually assaulting minors, blackmailing them, and using means of communication and social media to deliberately harass them.
The university student was already sentenced to eight years in prison by Cairo Criminal Court on charges of sexually assaulting and blackmailing three girls in April 2021.
According to the Criminal Court ruling, between 2016 and 2020, Zaki sexually assaulted three girls in his car, at his house, and at the house of one of the victims.
The verdict can be appealed.
Zaki was a 21-years-old university student when he was arrested in July 2020. The Public Prosecution received a complaint from a woman against him in an incident that caused an uproar on social media.
In the complaint, first received by the National Council of Women (NCW), the woman accused Zaki of blackmailing her in November 2016 in an attempt to force her to have sex with him.
Egypt’s prosecution opened an investigation after the accusations, also raised by other women and girls against Zaki, went viral on social media in the summer of 2020.