Last updated: 17 January, 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.