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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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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

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The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.

The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.

Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.

The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.

“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.

Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.

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In an interview with NC’s Tolu Adeleru-Balogun, Politician and Gender activist Ndi Kato speaks on the demonstrations in Nigeria against police brutality.

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