Egypt singer held for ‘inciting debauchery’ in tune video

Laila Amer appears in the video for Bos Omak (Look At Your Mother) Symbol copyright Laila Amer Image caption Laila Amer instructed a judge she had now not written the lyrics and was simply the performer

An Egyptian judge has extended the detention of a female singer charged with “inciting debauchery” after her track video sparked controversy.

Laila Amer was arrested on Tuesday after a legal professional filed a complaint.

The video for Bos Omak (Look At Your Mother) – an obvious pun on an Arabic profanity – shows Amer dancing and making suggestive gestures.

Amer, who denies any wrongdoing, is the third female singer to face felony action in Egypt due to the fact November.

Shaimaa Ahmed was once sentenced to two years in prison – diminished to one 12 months on enchantment on Monday – for inciting debauchery and publishing an indecent film.

She had seemed in a video in her underwear at the same time as suggestively eating a banana.

Sherine Abdel Wahab was charged with “spreading provocative publicity” as a result of she steered that drinking from the River Nile could make somebody in poor health.

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The video featuring Amer, who is much less well known than Ahmed and Abdel Wahab, gave the impression online at the end of remaining month.

Ahmed Mahran, the legal professional who filed the grievance to the state prosecutor, warned that the video was a “great chance” to Egypt and represented “an attack on society”.

The head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate, Hany Shaker, referred to as the video “an insult to the Egyptian people” and mentioned he had cancelled Amer’s membership.

On Thursday morning, Amer appeared earlier than a pass judgement on in Giza who ordered that she will have to proceed to be remanded in custody, the Youm7 news website reports.

It quoted the singer as telling the pass judgement on that there have been no unacceptable phrases or phrases within the music; handiest those most often spoken among Egyptians. “Egyptians say much more than that,” she added.

Amer also stated she had not written the lyrics and was once simply the performer.

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