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Egyptian female singer sentenced to 3 years in prison for inciting ‘debauchery’

Tuesday 23/January/2018 - 07:27 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
A little-known female Egyptian singer Fatma Mohamed Ibrahim، known by her stage name Ighraa، was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison for ‘inciting debauchery and profligacy’، after filming a music video considered by authorities to be sexually suggestive.

The sentence was issued by the Haram Misdemeanour Court and included a fine of LE 5،000، and a bail of LE 20،000.

Noteworthy، the verdict is subject to appeal.

Similar cases have been brought before Egyptian courts in recent years.

Last month، Shaimaa Ahmed، another female singer whose stage name is Shima، faced similar charges and was sentenced to two years in prison، which was reduced to one year on appeal.

Egypt is a majority Muslim nation that has steadily grown more conservative over the past half-century. However، it remains far more liberal than Gulf Arab nations، with a relatively vibrant arts and music scene.

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