Egypt's criminal court rejects obsenity lawsuit against actress Elham Shahin

Ahram Online, Thursday 27 Dec 2012

The popular actress's defence successfully argued no article in the criminal code refers to 'instigated lewd acts' as 45 plaintiffs claimed the 52-year-old did in her 30-year art career

Elham Shahin
Egyptian actress Elham Shahin (Photo: Ahram)

A Cairo criminal court rejected a lawsuit which attempted to charge that well known Egyptian actress Elham Shahin "instigated lewdness" in her movie career since judges were convinced by defence arguments no such offence exists.

The court decided to oblige plaintiffs to pay judicial expenses.

Supporters of Shahin were ecstatic after the judge read the verdict.

Earlier on 17 December, a Cairo misdemeanour court sentenced Islamic preacher Abdullah Badr to a year in jail and set bail at LE20,000, for insulting Shahin.

The popular actress filed a lawsuit last September against Badr after he criticised the actress during his TV show on the Salafist El-Hafez channel, saying that "Elham Shahin is cursed and she will never step foot in heaven."

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