Three Egyptian men accused of raping a woman in Cairo’s Fairmont Nile City Hotel have returned to Cairo after their extradition was requested last month by the Egyptian government.
The trio have been handed over to the Egyptian authorities by Interpol.
Ahmed Helmy Toulan, 32, Amr Hussein Mahmoud Ismail, 30, and his brother Khaled Hussein Mahmoud Ismail, 33, were arrested in Lebanon.
Egypt requested for their extradition os they could face rape charges at home.
They are among nine suspects to be charged with the rape of a young woman at Fairmont Nile City Hotel in the capital, Cairo.
The alleged rape involved nine men accused of drugging the woman in 2014.
The case was exposed online in July by an Instagram account that calls out suspected rapists.
Following the request, an investigation was launched by Lebanese security officials. It found that five out of the seven suspects had entered Lebanon in late July and two of them had left, leaving three in Lebanese territory.
The three fugitives were initially staying at hotels in Lebanon, but had fled, leaving their bags inside the rooms. They were finally tracked down in the village of Fatqa, approximately 30 kilometers northeast of Beirut and were arrested on August 28.
Two additional suspects in the case were arrested in Egypt in late August. Amir Zayed, arrested August 27, and Omar Hafez, arrested August 30, are currently detained under Egypt’s Public Prosecution laws.
Official investigations into the case began after Public Prosecution received a report on August 4 from Egypt’s National Council for Women, accompanied by a complaint the victim had submitted to the council.
The report features testimonies claiming that the eight young men gang-raped a woman after giving her GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate, also known as the date-rape drug).
The perpetrators also allegedly filmed the gang rape, after which they each signed their name on the victim’s body and then blackmailed same woman using the video.
Witness reports about the incident have circulated on social media, along with demands to arrest the suspects, all of whom belong to wealthy and influential families.
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