Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy video

Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old singer commonly known as Shyma, was charged by authorities following the release of the music video for her song "I Have Issues", which triggered outrage amongst Egypt's Islamic population for its sexually suggestive content.

Shaima Ahmed, 21, or "Shyma", shared her latest song I Have Issues last month, sparking uproar on social media.

Shyma appears in the video in her underwear singing while suggestively eating an apple and a banana before a classroom of young men.

According to The Sun UK, Shyma was sentenced yesterday by a court in Cairo for "inciting debauchery" with the racy clip, a judicial source said.

"Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths", said the Youm 7 newspaper in an article after the video was released.

In addition to prison sentences, the two were also order to pay 10,000 Egyptian Pounds ($563.44) as a fine.

"I didn't imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer...who has dreamt from a young age of being a singer".

Ahmed apologized before her arrest to the citizens who took her video "in an inappropriate way".

If Shyma's music video had aired on MTV in the U.S., she likely wouldn't be facing jail time. Last year, three female dancers were sentenced to six months in prison after they were convicted of "inciting debauchery in music videos", the BBC reported.

Though both Shyma and her director Mohamed Gamal are entitled to appeal their sentences, the trial speaks volumes about Egypt's increasing conservatism after the revolution and resident Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's controversial morality laws.

  • Santos West