Egypt’s prosecution refers woman who assaulted officer to criminal trial

The Egyptian Public Prosecutor on Saturday has referred a woman working with the Administrative Prosecution Authority (APA) to criminal trial over an incident where she assaulted an officer at a Heliopolis court.

The incident occurred on August 30 when an officer had asked the woman to put on a facemask, reveal her identity and stop filming the scene with her phone.

“I work with the UN, you trash,” the woman said. After the officer confiscated her phone, she then ripped off his shoulder badge. A video of the incident taped by a witness went viral across social media.

A statement from the Public Prosecutor’s office said that her assault injured the officer and also deliberately destroyed a radio device he was carrying, resulting in financial damage as well.

Investigations from the prosecution concluded that the woman’s verbal and physical acts of assault to an officer performing his routine security duties at the court constitutes a criminal act punishable by law.

The prosecution also listened to testimonies from a lawyer and worker who were eyewitnesses to the scene, which collaborated the officer’s testimony.

Examination of the suspect’s phone revealed she had photographed several employees of the court captured on the day of the incident, which the prosecution explained constitutes sufficient enough evidence to bring the accused to criminal trial.

The President of the Administrative Prosecution Authority (APA) Essam al-Minshawy had ordered an internal investigation late August into the woman.

Minshawy assigned the Inspection Department of APA to investigate the incident and report its outcomes to him directly.

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