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Egypt detains belly dancer Sama El-Masry on charges of debauchery and immorality

El-Masry is charged with posting indecent photos and videos of herself online

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Apr 2020
Sama Al-Masri
Belly dancer Sama Al-Masri (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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A Cairo court ordered on Sunday the detention of controversial Egyptian belly dancer Sama El-Masry for 15 days pending investigation after she was arrested on Thursday for posting sexually suggestive videos on social media.

El-Masry is facing charges of inciting immorality by posting “indecent” photos and videos of herself online through social media networks.

The prosecutor-general’s office said that it received a number of complaints from citizens over El-Masry’s posts.

El-Masry has denied the charges, saying that the videos had been taken from her mobile phone which was stolen in June 2019.

The controversial belly dancer, who had previously released videos online mocking the Muslim Brotherhood group during the one-year-rule of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, claimed that members of the outlawed group were the ones who reported her to the prosecution over her political views.

She also claimed that she was not the one published the videos on her social media accounts.
 

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