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An Egyptian belly dancer was imprisoned for three years and fined £ 15,000 for incitement to debauchery and immorality.

Sama el Masry, well known in Egypt, was arrested in April as part of an investigation into videos and photos on social media.

Prosecutors described the messages as being sexually suggestive and the Economic Court for the crimes in Cairo said that she had violated family principles and values, as well as the use of social media accounts for the purpose of commit “immorality”.

John Talaat, an MP, had asked for legal action against el Masry and other women as part of the crackdown on social media users.

He told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that women are destroying family values ​​and traditions, adding, “There is a huge difference between freedom and debauchery.”

El Masry, 42, denied the charges, saying the content was stolen and shared from his phone without consent.

She promised to appeal the court’s decision.

Two years ago, Egypt passed a cybercrime law giving the government the power to censor the Internet and monitor communications.

The punishment is a minimum of two years in prison and a fine of up to 300,000 Egyptian pounds.

But Entessar el Saeed, a women’s rights lawyer and director of the Cairo Center for Development and the Law, said that only women were targeted by the authorities.

“Our conservative society is grappling with technological changes that have created a completely different environment and mindsets,” she said.

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