Egyptian pop-singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab is in hot water again over statements during a New Year concert, which prolific lawyer and litigator Samir Sabry has described as “offensive to Egypt”.
On Saturday, Samir Sabry filed a legal complaint with the general prosecutor against Abdel-Wahab for her statements during the concert when she mumbled the words “it's such a waste that I live in Egypt.”
Abdel-Wahab was not available for comment; however her husband, Hossam Habib, also a well-known singer, said in press statements that she was pointing out a sound malfunction during the concert which cut off her mike, due to the presence of multiple mirrors on stage which affected the sound.
Sabry, who is a lawyer well-known for filing legal complaints about statements or appearances by high-profile figures he deems as unpatriotic or “inciting debauchery”, said that Abdel-Wahab insulted Egypt through her statements, “thinking she was funny; however, if she [Abdel-Wahab] only knew that she is the silliest…of vicious characters, she wouldn’t have insulted the great Egypt.”
He said that Abdel-Wahab had not learnt her lesson, pointing at a 2016 case which saw the entertainer facing jail terms over statements perceived as offensive to the country.
Abdel-Wahab was originally sentenced in absentia to six months in prison in February 2018 over statements she made in August 2016 about the existence of the bilharzia parasite in the Nile.
She didn’t serve a jail term due to a pending appeal and subsequent acquittal in May of that year.