Egypt belly dancer Safinaz in hot water over 'insulting' flag outfit
A complaint was filed against Safinaz by “angry citizens,” accusing her of defaming the Egyptian people and state
Belly dancer Safinaz is in hot water over allegedly defaming Egypt with a red, white and black costume, depicting the colors of the Egyptian flag, which she wore last week
The Armenian dancer, popular in Egypt, was summoned by prosecutors over the outfit she wore during a party in a Red Sea resort, Egyptian news site Ahram Online reported on Sunday.
A complaint was filed against Safinaz by “angry citizens,” accusing her of defaming the Egyptian people and state, according to Ahram Online.
The party organizers were also summoned by prosecutors.
In June, Egypt's former interim president Adly Mansour issued a law imposing a jail term of up to one year and a fine with a maximum penalty of LE30,000 ($4,000) for insulting the flag.
“Some forms of insulting the flag, as stipulated by the law, include raising, displaying or trading a flag if it is damaged, faded or not suitable in any other way. It is also prohibited to add any slogans, designs or pictures to the flag,” according to Ahram Online.