Middle East

Egyptian belly dancers jailed for 'inciting debauchery'

The Egyptian Shakira in El Kamoun Image copyright Mazzika
Image caption The 'Egyptian Shakira' was arrested over her performance in the video for the song, Al-Kamoun

A court in Egypt has sentenced two belly dancers to six months each in jail for inciting debauchery.

Suha Mohammed Ali and Dalia Kamal Youssef - known as the Egyptian Shakira and Bardis - were arrested over their scantily-clad performances in videos.

Lawyers filed complaints, saying they were outrages to public morality and harmed the image of Egyptian women.

In March, a well-known dancer - Safinaz - was sentenced to six months in jail for insulting the national flag.

She appeared in a video wearing a dress in its colours.

Another dancer, Salma el-Fouly, received a six-month sentence in July for a video in which she wore skimpy clothes while making fun of male gropers.

The male cameraman was also jailed for six months, while a second man who produced and appeared in the video was sentenced in absentia to a year in prison.

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