Egyptian singer sentenced to two years in prison for 'inciting debauchery' in music video

ِAhram Online, Tuesday 27 Feb 2018

Laila Amer
Laila Amer (Photo: Al-Ahram)

An Egyptian misdemeanour court sentenced on Tuesday little-known female singer Laila Amer to two years in prison after she was convicted of "inciting debauchery and immorality" in a controversial music video that contained "sexual overtones."

Amer was arrested last month after a lawyer filed a legal complaint over her song Bos Omak (Look At Your Mother), which is a pun on an Arabic expletive.

The director of the clip was also sentenced to six months in prison and an actor who appeared in the video was sentenced to three months on similar charges.

All the defendants denied any wrongdoing, and the sentences can still be appealed.

Amer is the second female singer to be sentenced to prison on debauchery charges in Egypt over the past few months.

In December, pop singer Sheema Ahmed was sentenced to two years in prison, later commuted to one year, for inciting debauchery in a video where she appeared in her lingerie while suggestively eating a banana.

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