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Egyptian singer Shyma jailed over racy video for 'inciting debauchery'

Egyptian singer Shyma jailed over racy video for 'inciting debauchery'

Little-known Egyptian singer Shaimaa Ahmed - or Shyma - has been sentenced to two years in prison and was fined EGP 10,000 after she had been charged with inciting debauchery for her music video clip that was viewed as "racy". She is also filmed gyrating in front of a classroom of excited young men, including builders in hard hats.

According to The Telegraph, Shyma was seen in court covering her face with a niqab and reading the Quran while waiting to receive her prison sentence.

She was sentenced along with Gamal to two years in prison yesterday (December 13) for "inciting debauchery".

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"The Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youth", Egyptian newspaper Youm 7 wrote in an article.

"I apologize to all the people who saw the clip and were upset by it and took it in an inappropriate way", she wrote.

Though both Shyma and her director Mohamed Gamal are entitled to appeal their sentences, the trial speaks volumes about Egypt's increasing conservatism after the revolution and resident Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's controversial morality laws.

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Her claim that the famous body of water could infect people with a parasite-driven disease got her banned by the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate from performing in the country for two months.

Meanwhile, in 2015, a similar case a year ago saw Egyptian courts sentence two female belly dancers to six months in prison also for "inciting debauchery", which prosecutors argued harmed the image of Egyptian women and damaged public morality. She was accused of "spreading provocative publicity".

Ten Egyptians were arrested in September for attending a concert in Cairo at which the rainbow flag, a symbol for the worldwide LGBTQ community, was raised.

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