An Egyptian court has reportedly jailed Shaimaa Ahmed – a singer who was arrested last month for a provocative music video – for two years.
Ahmed, 25, who goes by Shyma professionally, was found guilty of inciting debauchery and publishing an indecent film, the BBC reported. Her music video featured the singer suggestively eating a banana.
The director of the music video for Ahmed’s song, “I Have Issues,” was also sentenced to two years.
“I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone,” Ahmed wrote on her since-deleted Facebook page. She said she didn’t mean for people to take it “in an inappropriate way.”
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Egypt has a history of imprisoning women for “inciting debauchery.” Last year, three women were jailed for six months each for dancing in music videos.
And another singer is on trial for “spreading provocative publicity” after saying that drinking from the Nile River could make a person sick.
“Drinking from the Nile will get me schistosomiasis,” the singer, Sherine Abdel Wahab, said on video after a concertgoer asked her to sing “Mashrebtesh Men Nilha” (Have You Drunk from the Nile?).
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.
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