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Court handed Nabil Al-Wahsh 3 years in prison over inciting rape 

General Prosecutor referred lawyer to urgent trial last week

The Azbakiya Misdemeanor Court sentenced on Saturday a well-known Egyptian lawyer, Nabih Al-Wahsh, to three years in prison, with bail set at EGP 10,000 and fining him EGP 20,000, over charges of inciting men to rape and sexually harass women, according to state-run newspaper Al-Ahram.

The lawyer, who is also charged with spreading false information and harming the public interest, did not attend the session

Journalists were banned from covering the session, according to a source at the court, quoted in state media.

Last week, the General Prosecutor referred the lawyer to urgent trial.

In October, Al-Wahsh said, during a TV show, that women who wear “indecent” clothes, such as ripped jeans, should not be respected and are inviting men to sexually harass them. “Raping them would be a national duty,” he said.

The state-funded National Council for Women Rights filed a complaint to the prosecution, saying such statements are in violation of the constitution, which guarantees the protection of women from all forms of violence.

Despite being publicly condemned, Al-Wahsh insisted on defending his comments in further press statements, saying he would not retract his remarks, even if his own daughter was concerned.

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