Egyptian pop singer sent to prison for video that 'incited debauchery'

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 13, 2017

An Egyptian female pop singer was convicted Tuesday of promoting debauchery with a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison.

The Cairo court also ordered Shaimaa Ahmed, better known by her stage name Shima, to pay a fine of about $560.

The video's director was also sentenced to two years in prison in absentia. Both can appeal against the ruling.

In the video for the song "I Have Issues", the little-known singer engaged in sexually suggestive behaviour, sparking controversy and outrage in the country.

The video created a stir on social media in conservative Egypt and was discussed on TV talkshows.

"Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths", thundered the Youm 7 newspaper in an article after the video was released.

Last month, Sheema apologised for the video in a Facebook post, saying she did not expect such a backlash.

"I didn't imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer ... who has dreamt from a young age of being a singer", she wrote. She said she didn't mean for people to take it "in an inappropriate way".

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi overthrew the country's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in 2013.

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