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Egyptian singer Shyma is jailed for ‘inciting debauchery’ after eating a banana in suggestive music video

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 9:31am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 9:30am

An Egyptian court has jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana.

Shyma’s song, titled I Have Issues, sparked controversy on social media in the conservative country.

The singer, who was fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (US$560), can appeal the verdict to a higher court.

The director of the video was also fined and sentenced to two years in prison, but in absentia. Both defendants were accused of inciting debauchery and producing a video harming public morality.

Shyma, whose real name is Shaimaa Ahmed, was arrested on November 18 before being referred to the prosecution for investigation. She denied the accusations, saying the director included the controversial scenes without her consent.

Dozens of young Egyptians were arrested in September for attending a concert in Cairo where a rainbow flag was raised. They were also accused of debauchery, harming public morality and other accusations.