Belly dancer sentenced to jail for insulting head of the Zamalek Sporting Club
belly dancer Sama el-Masry and chairman of the Zamalek Sporting Club Mortada Mansour - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: An Egyptian misdemeanor court sentenced Tuesday belly dancer Sama el-Masry to six months in prison and EGP 1,000 ($150) bail for insulting the chairman of the Zamalek Sporting Club, Mortada Mansour, Youm7 reported.

El-Masry was also ordered to pay a fine of EGP 10,000.

In April, Mansour filed a lawsuit against Masry accusing her of “libel and defamation” in one of her video clips, broadcast on the Feloul satellite channel.

After Mansour declared he would run for presidency in 2014, Masry was shown in a video clip wearing the Zamalek club jersey, making fun of his bid and announcing that she was not afraid of retaliation. Mansour is known for his vengeful responses toward his adversaries in both the media and the courts.

Following the airing of the video, Mansour, who threatened Masry with closing down her TV station, has backtracked and has not run for presidential elections.

Masry and Mansour exchanged crude allegations, verbal altercations and threats in a number of online videos and televised interviews.

On April 21, Masry was detained for four days pending investigations into allegations of operating the Feloul satellite channel without a license before she was released on EGP 20,000 bail while the station’s unlicensed equipment was confiscated by a court decision.

After passing the required medical examination, Masry applied to run in Egypt’s parliamentary election on behalf of the Azbakeya constituency Feb. 19.

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