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Defendants in Passant Khaled’s case referred to criminal trial

Top prosecutor Hamada al-Sawy referred the defendants in Passant Khaled’s case to the Criminal Court over charges of human trafficking and sexual assault.

The prosecutor’s statement said the defendants exploited the victim’s weakness against their threats and published indecent images attributed to her with the intent of sexually exploiting her and forcing her to engage in indecent acts.

The Public Prosecution established evidence against the defendants from the testimony of thirteen witnesses, the confessions of the defendants brought to trial, the confessions of other defendants (minors who the prosecutors are still investigating), the forensic report, photos and clips attributed to the victim, the phones of the accused, and the records of a fixed-line company with conversations between one of the accused and the deceased.

The Public Prosecution confirmed its firm response to the crime of the accused, through pursuing the evidence established by all the means authorized by law.

The statement called on parents to be kind to their children, listen to them, and share their concerns and what they do wrong in forgiveness to avoid dire consequences.

The Public Prosecution statement also called on young people to take responsibility for preserving their lives and not to commit suicide which is a crime and a prohibited act in religion.

On December 25, prosecutors received a report from the father of the girl stating that his daughter committed suicide using a grain chemical pill, affected by the publication of obscene personal photos of her on social networking websites and among the residents of her village.

The girl’s father and sister said during investigation that two men hacked the victim’s phone and obtained her personal photos and photo shopped photos for her on the body of a naked girl, and distributed it in the village after they tried to force her into a relationship with them and she refused.

The father submitted to prosecutors a storage unit that included photos attributed to the deceased. While her sister submitted Khaled’s mobile phone and a message she left shortly before her death, confirming that the photos did not belong to her.

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