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Two Egyptian dancers handed reduced jail sentences

They were imprisoned for inciting debauchery by filming a video clip

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An Egyptian court reduced the prison sentence for dancers Shakira and Bardis to three months from an earlier sentence of six months.

They were imprisoned for inciting debauchery by filming a video clip that included sexual undertones.

The dancers’ lawyers contend that the video clips are works of art that can be interpreted in different ways.

In March, Saffinaz, a well-known dancer, was sentenced to six months in jail for insulting the national flag after she appeared in a video wearing a dress in its colours.

In July, Salma el-Fouly, an other dancer, received a six-month sentence for a video in which she wore controversial clothes.