Cairo University dismisses professor for sexually blackmailing student

The Disciplinary Board at Cairo University on Friday has sacked a professor of mass communication, Yaseen Lasheen, following allegations of sexual harassment and blackmail of a female student.

Cairo University President Mohamed al-Khosht referred Lasheen to Public Prosecution on allegations of sexual harassment and blackmail dating back to August 2017.

In a statement released Friday the university explained that the decision was taken following recent investigations conducted by the university’s Legal Affairs Department on the allegations.

Lasheen’s voice was allegedly heard in a three minute audio recording, that went viral on social media, blackmailing an anonymous woman to take off her clothes for pictures so she could walk out of the office alive.

In another leaked recording, Lasheen can supposedly be heard as he asks the student to write a declaration to visit his office to receive money and clothes for her children.

He then asks to take her clothes off as she screams.

After this incident, students in Cairo University claimed that Lasheen is known to accept ransoms and gifts from students to pass his courses, and would usually ask them on dates at his coffee shop.

The South Giza Prosecution office however decided that same year that there was insufficient evidence to pursue sexual blackmail charges against Lasheen.

The prosecution made its decision due to the lack of evidence to charge the professor, adding that the reports were filed eight months ago, and the investigation was not able to determine whether he committed the act or not. No victims appeared to testify against the suspect.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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