Egyptian policemen stand behind their shields before the start of the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final football between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport at the Cairo Stadium on December 6, 2014
Egyptian policemen stand behind their shields before the start of the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final football between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport at the Cairo Stadium on December 6, 2014 © Mohamed El-Shahed - AFP/File
Egyptian policemen stand behind their shields before the start of the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final football between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport at the Cairo Stadium on December 6,  2014
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Last updated: January 18, 2015

Two Egypt policemen to stand trial for sexual assault

Egypt's public prosecutor on Saturday ordered two policemen to stand trial for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Cairo, in a case which stirred outrage, a judicial source said.

The incident has been widely reported over past weeks in a country faced with increased cases of sexual harassment since its 2011 revolution.

The two policemen allegedly stopped a car driven by a man and demanded to escort his female passenger home.

Instead, they drove her off in a police truck to an isolated area and tore off her clothes and sexually assaulted her, according to the charge sheet.

They face up to life in prison if convicted, a judicial official told AFP.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has passed a law last June to combat sexual crimes and ordered police to crack down on harassment and cases of sexual assault.

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