The Fairmont case: Egypt's battle between civility and savagery By Cynthia Farahat Recently, Egyptian society has been consumed by a horrific rape incident, known in Egypt as "the Fairmont Case." While the victim refused to look at the photos, their sheer existence compelled her to officially report her attack. Video of an alleged gang rape in Egypt was so widely shared that it had a name: "The Fairmont Incident." And they filmed themselves doing it. READ MORE Egypt: Women worse off after Arab spring “The culture of rape in Egypt is prevalent,” says the lawyer and director of Eed Wahda, who asked to … None of the women detained have had access to their lawyers. The prosecution launched its investigation following a sustained. Bad publicity could backfire and the government could decide to attempt to make it all go away, rather than have an embarrassing trial. Activists said that the survivor of the Fairmont assault was 18 at the time. Linkedin. The incident was allegedly recorded on video and was … Last Thursday, they arrested one of them in Egypt. CAIRO - 26 August 2020: Seven of the defendants in the notorious Fairmont Hotel gang rape case have fled Egypt as a result of disseminating their information online before the victim officially reported the incident. Telegram. The Assault Police account came back online with a message: “We are not afraid.”. Life is ruled by “wasta,” the Arabic word for “connections.” Despite a handful of anti-corruption laws, well-heeled elites are allowed to act with impunity, often without legal consequences. Zayed is also accused of involvement in "a similar incident", the prosecution added, without elaborating. And it didn’t stop there. The report compiles several testimonies alleging that four men drugged and raped an unconscious 18-year-old woman. The second shows her draped across the back of a sofa, with shampoo bottles balanced on her body as though she were a table. In Egypt’s conservative Muslim-majority society, most families find it more important to protect their reputation than air their dirty laundry, even if it involves their daughter’s abuse or their son’s wrongdoing. Egypt's Public Prosecution ordered, on Thursday, the four-day detention pending investigations of one of the defendants accused of participating in the notorious Fairmont Incident. The 2014 Fairmont Nile City hotel gang rape case, in which a group of at least nine men allegedly raped an 18-year-old woman during a party, then used a video of the incident … While Egypt’s constitution stipulates that all citizens are equal under the law, a culture of bribery and nepotism prevails. Videos of group sex at the Fairmont Hotel shake Egypt .. Haifa Wehbe and Tamer Hosni and these are in big trouble now! “Strangely, most of the key witnesses from the Fairmont case have been arrested since yesterday, and nobody knows anything about them,” she wrote. The alleged gang rape occurred at Cairo’s Fairmont Nile City Hotel in 2014, and saw eight young men sexually assault an unconscious young woman at a private party. 30 August,
Mix. Three key witnesses in an investigation into an alleged gang rape at Cairo's Fairmont hotel in 2014 have been arrested without access to a lawyer. Someone finally caved and shared screenshots of the Fairmont video with one of the Instagram accounts pleading for its handover. “But to take legal action, that was an impossible task.”. In one of the developments of the case, an Egyptian lawyer demanded the Attorney General. But the Fairmont Hotel rapes highlight a system of impunity for those who live in the higher echelons of Egyptian society. In the past, incidents of sexual violence in Egypt would go unreported; the victims who did come forward were typically blamed or encouraged to let it go because of the humiliation its disclosure would cause the accused’s family or their own. State media didn’t rush to report or comment on the allegations. Lebanese authorities have announced that they have arrested three Egyptians who were wanted in connection with the infamous 2014 gang rape case known as the Nile Fairmont Incident. Two days later, authorities announced that the suspects had already fled the country and that they were coordinating with Interpol. Share. An investigation into the Fairmont case by independent media outlet Egyptian Streets details how the group of alleged rapists held a private after-party in a hotel room following an event at a suite in the same hotel. One night in February 2014, a group of young, wealthy, Egyptian men attended what could be described as a fancy rave in Cairo. So why wasn't anyone charged? “Classism is the master category in which Egyptian society is structured, just like racism is the master character category for the United States,” said Sahar Aziz, professor of law and Middle East legal studies scholar at Rutgers University. Another’s family owns a chain of pharmacies all over the country. WhatsApp. Now the government appears to be reacting to forces outside its control: Social media publicizes assaults, the media covers it, and they’re forced to at least appear to take it seriously. The alleged assault took place at the five-star Fairmont Nile City hotel in Cairo in 2014 where a group of six men drugged and raped a young woman, according to several social media accounts Fairmont Nile City Hotel issued a statement on Thursday regarding the allegations, saying: “We are aware of and have been following the online discussion concerning an incident that may have taken place during a party event hosted at our property in 2014. Print. LINE. “They are a society deciding as a collective that this type of behavior is not acceptable to the extent that it should be criminalized, prosecuted, enforced,” Aziz said. The men’s scheme was identical to Zaki’s; that is, to bully and threaten women and hang “honor” over their heads. Egypt’s Public Prosecution ordered, on Thursday, the four-day detention pending investigations of one of the defendants accused of participating in the notorious Fairmont Incident. Egypt's public prosecution has launched an investigation into an alleged gang rape of an 18-year-old woman at Cairo's Fairmont Nile City hotel, it announced on Wednesday. Egypt’s Prosecutor General ordered investigation into alleged gang rape at Fairmont, after receiving a … Interpol Extradites Three Egyptians Implicated in ‘Fairmont Gang Rape’ from Lebanon to Egypt . On Saturday, three others were arrested in Lebanon. Then, a different video surfaced showing a couple of the Fairmont guys gang-raping a different girl, who shockingly had no knowledge that it had even happened. September 4, 2020. Over the last two months, there’s been a seismic shift in the way Egyptians talk about sex, namely how it’s weaponized against women. In a statement, the public prosecution explained that it had received a file from the National Council for Women (NCW) with a complaint from a young woman claiming to have been sexually abused at the hotel in 2014. Security forces arrested two of the witnesses on Friday, and the third witness, who was said to have moved out of her Cairo home fearing arrest, on Saturday. They shuffled them between safe houses in different cars, until the National Council for Women took the reins. Egypt: Arrests ordered in 2014 hotel gang rape Video emerges of incident in which victim was drugged, repeatedly raped and degraded Published: August 25, 2020 01:19 Khitam Al Amir, Senior Staff Writer “And yet we're seeing these young women who are willing to engage in what is effectively … the very type of activism that triggered the Arab Spring and the very same type of activism that the Sisi regime is currently trying to quash when it's focused on political issues.”. 1,637. “If you take them down, you take some of the most powerful or most well-connected people in Egypt down,” Noor said. Egypt arrests female witnesses in Fairmont hotel gang rape case. Egyptian security agencies in late August 2020 arbitrarily arrested a man and three women who were witnesses to a high-profile gang rape case from 2014 that recently came to light. 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