Egyptian singer jailed over racy music video featuring a banana

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Meanwhile, in 2015, a similar case previous year saw Egyptian courts sentence two female belly dancers to six months in prison also for "inciting debauchery", which prosecutors argued harmed the image of Egyptian women and damaged public morality.

In sentencing the pop singer, a Cairo court ruled that Shyma was "inciting debauchery" and fined her $1000.

In the video, she appears in a mock classroom licking an apple and suggestively eating a banana in front of a chalkboard scrawled with "Class #69".

She was sentenced along with Gamal to two years in prison yesterday (December 13) for "inciting debauchery". In 2015 two Egyptian belly dancers were sentenced to six months in prison each after appearing in "ranchy" music videos, despite belly dancing being a long-running cultural tradition in the country.

Shyma is not the first public figure to receive jail time for a music video.

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The Independent reported that Marwan Younis, a well-known blogger, posted a video on Facebook urging his followers to report the singer's page, which was successfully taken down.

She wrote: "I didn't imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone".

Shyma is only the latest Egyptian artist to be prosecuted for "inciting debauchery" with sexually explicit music videos.

Sherine Abdel-Wahab, a famous Arab singer, was banned from performing in her native Egypt after advising against drinking from the Nile River.

Egyptian state media outlets confirmed that Ahmed was arrested by authorities on November 18 shortly after the video's release. She was accused of "spreading provocative publicity".

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