An Egyptian court jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for “inciting debauchery,” judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in revealing clothes, suggestively eating a banana.
Shyma’s song, titled “I have issues,” sparked controversy on social media in the conservative country.
Egyptian TV commentators also expressed rage over the music video, calling the singer “filthy” and urging the authorities to prosecute her.
The singer, who was fined $560, can appeal the verdict to a higher court.
The director of the video was also fined and sentenced to two years in prison, but in absentia. Both defendants were accused of inciting debauchery and producing a video harming public morality.
Shyma, whose real name is Shaimaa Ahmed, was arrested on 18 November before being referred to the prosecution for investigation. She denied the accusations, saying the director included the controversial scenes without her consent.
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