Egypt flag-wearing belly dancer faces jail
A law passed in June 2014 imposes jail terms and fines on anyone who ‘insults’ the Egyptian flag
A Cairo-based celebrity belly dancer was referred to the misdemeanor court Tuesday for defaming Egypt with a red, white and black costume, depicting the colors of the country’s flag, Egyptian daily Al Ahram reported.
Safinaz, who is 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.
If convicted, Safinaz faces a jail term of up to a year and a fine of up to $4,000, the daily reported.
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.
Safinaz 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.