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Armenian belly dancer Safinaz sentenced to 6 months for Egypt flag costume

Renowned belly dancer Safinaz sentenced to 6 months in prison for wearing a costume that ‘insulted the Egyptian flag’

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Apr 2015
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Egypt-based Armenian belly dancer Sofinar (popularly known as Safinaz) was sentenced on Monday to six months in prison for "insulting the Egyptian flag" by wearing its colours as a dancing costume.

She was also fined LE15,000 (around $1,966).

The verdict can be appealed.

Meanwhile, Safinaz will avoid prison by paying an LE10,000 (around $1,310) bail.

A businesswoman and hotel owner in Mohandiseen filed a report against the dancer for wearing a costume fashioned from the Egyptian flag during a performance in Ain Sokhna.

In March, police questioned Safinaz over the incident. She was released the same day after paying LE20,000 ($2,620) bail.

A law passed in June 2014 imposed jail terms and fines on anyone who ‘insults’ the national flag.

Insults include raising, displaying or trading a flag if it is damaged, washed out or not suitable for display in any other way.

The law also prohibits adding slogans, designs or pictures to the flag.

since her arrival in Egypt over two years ago, Safinaz has been an immediate success with belly dance lovers, with appearances in several Egyptian movies as well as performances at prestigious weddings. 

The 38-year-old artist is married to an Egyptian and has expressed her wish to spend her entire life in Egypt.

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Hatim
21-04-2015 12:08am
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Gaia al haifa whe tetsaddar
The court is fighting a crime that does NOT exist, and ignores 30 years of exploitation, sabotage, and corruption. Tahia Masr !
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Rachelle
20-04-2015 08:39pm
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Oh dear
This is so ridiculous. What happened to beautiful Egypt? Such a wonderful country going in the wrong direction
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Osama
20-04-2015 06:51pm
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disgusting
how is this a crime? what a joke of a justice system!
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Ahmed Kamel
20-04-2015 04:41pm
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Belly Dancer Safinaz Receives 6 months Sentence.
What has happened to our Egypt so that a court sentences a Belly Dancer for dancing with a costume with the colors of our national Flag??? Don't people see how a court held to investigate such a weak case takes away from our efforts to streamline our judicial system? We ought to feel more confident about our nation than to worry about such an insignificant case on (probably) a well meaning dancer. Has she ever wronged Egypt before? if she did not then the hollow brained person who got the case to courts should be ashamed of himself or herself. The world is moving forwards and we are waisting our energies on insignificant melodramas !!!
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Farid
20-04-2015 03:26pm
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Seriuosly?
Insulting or promoting? Ms. Sofinar did beautiful gesture to pay tribute to Egyptian Flag by transferring it into dress of most popular dancing performance at Middle East. She should be gratituded not punish. And so called business woman and hotel owner should mind her own business.
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