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Mohamed Alaa El-Din Ahmed Morsi (Mohamed Alaa Likee)

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Morsi works as a coordinator and translator for the tech firm BIGO Technology, which owns Likee. He was arrested in Cairo in connection with Case No. 1087 of 2020, registered under No. 1047 of 2020 at the financial misdemeanor court.

The prosecution accused Morsi of helping Hossam to commit the crime she is charged with, namely “violating family values ​​and principles of Egyptian society”. It also accused him of helping her to publish the video clip which included a call for immoral meetings, and also helping her with the video content. The prosecution remanded Morsi in custody, and on 11 June 2020 it referred him, along with four others, to trial in Case No. 1047 of 2020.

On 27 July 2020, the Cairo Economic Court convicted Morsi and all other defendants, sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds. However, the Cairo Economic Court acquitted Morsi during its session held on 12 January 2021. The court argued that Morsi did not commit any legal violation with regard to his proxy agreement with Hossam to manage her Likee account, and ruled that the contract concluded between them was legal.

Morsi is currently imprisoned in connection with another case bearing No. 4917 of 2020, registered under No. 2106 of 2020 at the North Cairo Full Court. He is facing charges of joining an organized criminal group for the purposes of human trafficking, after helping Hossam in using girls in works that violate the principles and values of society to obtain money, exploiting the girls’ poor financial conditions and their need for money, and promising to give money to the victims. The criminal court adjourned Morsi’s trial to 18 May.

The court has adjourned the trial to 20 June and ordered that the defendant remain in detention.

On June 21, 2021, the Cairo Criminal Court in presence has ruled the imprisonment of Mohamed Alaa for 6 years and a fine of 200,000 EGP in Case No. 4917 of 2020, Sahel Felonies, registered under No. 2016 of 2020 North Cairo.”

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