Egypt jails female dancer for debauchery

Reda El-Fouly

Reda El-Fouly

A Cairo court Sunday sentenced to one year in jail an Egyptian female dancer who featured in a controversial music video, accusing her of inciting debauchery, a judicial official said.

Reda El-Fouly was arrested in May after she appeared singing and dancing, and wearing a revealing dress, in a video that went viral on the Internet.

Her dancing partner and director of the video, Wael El-Sediki, was also sentenced to one year in jail in absentia, the official said.

The verdict can be appealed.

In April, an Armenian belly dancer was sentenced to six months in jail for insulting Egypt’s national flag during a performance last year.

The dancer, known as Safinaz, was tried for wearing a costume that resembled the tri-coloured flag during a performance last year in the Red Sea resort town of Ain Sokhna.

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