Top Egypt belly dancer gets 6 month jail term for flag costume
One of Egypt's top belly dancers was sentenced to six months in jail on Monday
One of Egypt's top belly dancers was sentenced to six months in jail on Monday after she “insulted the Egyptian state” by wearing a dress designed as the Egyptian flag during a performance.
Armenian national, Safinaz, was ordered by Cairo’s Misdemeanour Court to also pay a fine of 15,000 Egyptian pounds.
Safinaz, well-known for her provocative video clips, was summoned in August by prosecutors over the outfit she wore during a party in a Red Sea resort.
Earlier in March, the Armenian dancer, popular in Egypt, was arrested for questioning over the incident.
She was released the same day after paying $2,620 bail.
A law passed in June 2014 imposes jail terms and fines on anyone who “insults” the Egyptian flag.
The 30-year-old dancer has been an immediate success since her arrival in Egypt over two years ago, with appearances in several Egyptian movies as well as performances at high-end weddings.
Previously commenting on the costume, Safinaz said that wearing the colors of the Egyptian flag was a “letter of love” for Egypt, adding that she does not intend to leave the country.