Yesterday, Egyptian media mogul Mohamed Al-Amin, who was serving a three-year term for human trafficking and sexual misbehaviour, died of cancer in prison.
Mustafa Bakri, a journalist, tweeted the news of the 62-year-passing, old’s stating he had been transported to Al-Salam International Hospital in Cairo from Wadi El-Natrun Prison a few months prior.
Last year, Al-Amin was accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen girls at an orphanage he operated in Beni Suef governorate, about 150 kilometres south of Cairo. The complaint was made by the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood.
In January, authorities made the arrest that would lead to Al-trial Amin’s in March. On charges of human trafficking, he received a three-year sentence in prison.
As one of Egypt’s most powerful businessmen, Al-Amin ran a media empire that included 14 satellite channels, such as CBC, An-Nahar, and Modern, and three newspapers.
His media organisation was instrumental in fomenting unrest against the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, who was eventually overthrown by a military coup in July 2013.