Egyptian Singer Is Imprisoned for Starring in a Vile Music Video

Egyptian female singer was sentenced to a commuted one-year in prison by a Cairo misdemeanor appeals court after she starred in a sexually suggestive music video a couple of months back.

Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested by Egyptian police in late November on suspicion of “inciting debauchery”. It came after the racy video for her song, I Have Issues, sparked controversy and outrage in the country.

The officials said Shyma was arrested following a flurry of complaints. She was initially remanded for four days, and prosecutors ordered her detained for seven days before handing her down the one-year sentence.

“I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone,” she wrote on her now-deleted Facebook page last month.