Three defendants sentenced to 15 years in prison in Passant Khaled’s case

The Tanta Criminal Court sentenced three defendants accused of blackmailing minor Passant Khaled, in Gharbiya Governorate, with fake graphic photos leading to her suicide to 15 years in prison and two others to five years in prison.

The Tanta Criminal Court in Gharbiya Governorate started the trial on February 5.

The attorney of the West Tanta College Prosecution, Mohamed al-Bawab, earlier ordered the detention of A. M., 17, a student, M. D., 21, a worker, A. Y., 20, A. M., 19, a worker, and E. M., 16, a secondary school student.

Top prosecutor Hamada al-Sawy referred the defendants in the 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, 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.

On December 25, prosecutors received a report from the father of Khaled stating that his daughter committed suicide using a grain chemical pill, caused by the publication of obscene personal photos of online and shared 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 edited photos for her on the body of a naked girl.

They then shared the photos after she refused to enter a relationship with them.

The father submitted to prosecutors 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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