Electronic blackmailing is common in Egypt, need to tighten their laws – Abdel Hamid

Electronic blackmailing is regularly increasing in Egypt. This is the most recent crime in Egyptian society nowadays. Even a 17-year-old student, Pasant Khaled, attempted suicide after being blackmailed with fake inappropriate photographs.

After so many electronic crimes happened in Egypt, a member of the House of Representatives from Gharbiya Overnorate Amal Abdel-Hamid declared that she submitted a proposal to parliament to tighten the law on ‘electronic blackmailing’.

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Abdel-Hamid advised reconsidering the punishment specified the crime as it is currently not sufficient for the moral harms.

Then she further pointed out that Article 25 of the Penal code specifies that anyone who violates anybody “family principle or values in the Egyptian society or violates anybody personal life shall be punished in which imprisonment of six months and also the fine of LE 5,000 and not exceeding LE 100,000 or any of the two penalties.

The MP demanded that the article be changed and should punish criminals with a penalty of ten years at least who interfere in anybody personal life and violate any rule related to affecting the lives of others and threaten them for their selfish reason.

She demanded to reconsider the penalties to confirm the safety of these tragedies.

In her proposal to the deputy, she said that crimes are increasing and spreading in the nation, especially extortion online.

“Some misuse these means to defame somebody’s personal life and leak someone’s personal life, and photos or videos which would be harmful to someone’s she said.

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Mainly, the incident of Khaled’s death raised the alarm on this issue, she said.

However, her life ended on a sour note to being subjected to a systematic process of blackmail which pushed her to suicide after she could no longer handle the mark on her reputation with that false image.