Top Egypt belly dancer gets 6 month jail term for flag costume

A law passed in June 2014 imposes jail terms and fines on anyone who “insults” the Egyptian flag. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

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.

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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.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44
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