Prosecution Orders Release of ‘Tik Tok’ Girl Menna Abdulaziz
Egypt’s public prosecution ordered the release of TikTok star Menna Abdulaziz, who was sexually assaulted and beaten in May by 25-year-old Mazen Ibrahem and his accomplices, according to her lawyers Hoda Nasrallah and Hazem Salah El-Din.
Lawyer Hoda Nasrallah stated that she was released from Talbiya police station in Giza yesterday.
اخلا سبيل منة عبد العزيز من قسم الطالبية
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The prosecution also referred 6 defendants – four males and two girls – to criminal trial, accusing one of them of kidnapping the victim, defaming her by force and threats, violating the sanctity of her private life through social media, beating her, and drug abuse, according to Al Masry Al Youm.
Evidence of these accusations were revealed from the victim’s testimony, police investigations, and the statements of the defendants themselves before the Public Prosecution, as well as what was proven in the medial report, which revealed that the defendants used a narcotic substance.
In May of this year, Abdel Aziz shared a live video with bruises on her face as she cried, revealing that she was subjected to rape and filmed by a group of young men and girls.
The video led to a social media uproar, with hashtags like #حق_منة_عبدالعزيز (Menna Abdel Aziz’s right)and #the rapist_Mazen_Ibrahim circulated on Twitter and Facebook, demanding the arrest of the rapist and his accomplices.
Abdel Aziz and six others were held for questioning earlier, while the victim, on the other hand, faced charges of “misusing social media networks, inciting debauchery and violating Egyptian family values,” which sparked another debate involving Abdel Aziz’s appearance and wardrobe choices and slut shaming her as a result.
Two weeks later, Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered Abd Al-Aziz be transferred from custody to a rehabilitation centre designated for abused women amid investigations into the young girl’s sexual abuse claims.
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