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Actress charged over revealing dress

Publish date: 03 December 2018
Issue Number: 802
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Egypt

An Egyptian actress who wore a revealing dress to the Cairo Film Festival is to appear in court after being accused of ‘inciting debauchery’. Rania Youssef appeared in a lacy, black, see-through outfit that exposed most of her legs, outraging many Egyptians. BBC News reports that she could be jailed for up to five years if found guilty. The complaint against her was filed by two lawyers, Amro Abdelsalam and Samir Sabri, who have a reputation for targeting celebrities. Sabri said Youssef ‘did not meet societal values, traditions and morals and therefore undermined the reputation of the festival and the reputation of Egyptian women in particular’.

Full BBC News report