A circle around Ahmed Bassam Zaki- Photo courtesy of Women of Egypt Facebook page
CAIRO – 5 October 2020: A Cairo Court of Appeal has set October 14 to hold the first session of the trial of sexual predator Ahmed Bassam Zaki, who is charged with indecent assault against three girls.
On September 1, 2020, Egyptian Attorney-General Hamada Al-Sawi ordered the referral of Zaki to a specialized criminal court to be tried over harassment accusations. Zaki is facing charges of raping three girls, below 18 years old, and threatening them and blackmailing them, into sexual intercourse.
He is also charged with inciting immorality, stalking, violating society's value by violating his victims’ privacy through constant texting and taking pictures of her while kissing her without their consent using his social media accounts.
Zaki is also accused of drug possession and abuse.
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CAIRO - 9 July 2020: Multiple Egyptian girls and women filed official complaints against the same man, Ahmed Bassam Zaki, who within days, became a public opinion case, especially after an Instagram page that was set up to expose him identified 93 credible accusers, some as young as 13.
Since July 1, 2020, an anti-harassment campaign ‘AssaultPolice” on Instagram was launched in Egypt to get rid of this phenomenon in society and encourage girls and victims to report such incidents. The account published information and audios for Zaki’s crimes against his victims.
Afterward, the Egyptian cabinet approved new amendments to the Criminal Code per which the identity of sexually-assaulted victims shall not be revealed. Revealing victims’ identities is punishable for up to 6 months in prison and a fine of no more than 5,00 EGP. The NCW will speak on behalf of the victims when they report about such crimes “to protect the reputation of the victims, by not revealing their identity in crimes related to indecent assault, corruption of morals, exposure to others, and harassment,” according to a statement from the Egyptian Cabinet early July.