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Egypt sentences 2 men to life in prison, 1 to 20 years for sexual assaults in Tahrir square

Egyptian judicial officials say a Cairo court has sentenced two men to life and another to 20 years in prison for sexual assaults on women during public rallies in the city's iconic Tahrir square.

The prosecution had charged defendants with kidnapping, larceny, attempted rape, torture and attempted murder. The incident took place on June 3, during public celebrations of former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's victory in presidential elections.

The officials said Thursday's verdict is the latest in a series of prosecutions for sexual violence cases. In July, seven people were sentenced to life in prison over four different incidents of sexual assault.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.