2 belly dancers’ prison term reduced to 3 months over ‘inciting debauchery’
Two belly dancers Shakera and Bardis - YOUM7/Khaled Kamel
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CAIRO: The Agouza Misdemeanors Court reduced Sunday a prison term handed down to two belly dancers Shakera and Bardis from six years to three months in prison for “inciting debauchery,” reported Youm7.

The duo were arrested in July at two different night clubs after several complaints were filed accusing them of producing suggestive video clips.

According to Youm7, the dancers confessed to performing “sexual” gestures as per their video clips producers’ request.

Under enquiries conducted by the Public Morality Department of the Ministry of Interior, both dancers did not perform “an artistic act, but debauched act.”

 

In July, another belly dancer, Reda al-Fouly, had her prison term reduced from one-year sentence to six months over the same charge of “inciting debauchery.” Fouly appeared in a viral video, in which she talked about girls who like to be harassed in the Cairo metro.

On Sept. 28, Armenian-Russian belly dancer Safinaz was acquitted of insulting the Egyptian flag in a performance.

Agouza misdemeanor court cancelled a six-month jail term and a 15,000 EGP ($1, 966) fine handed down to the dancer over the Egyptian flag- inspired dancing costume she wore during a party in a Red Sea resort earlier this year.

Although Egypt allows public belly dancing, the police are authorized to set regulations to be followed by the dancers, such as the style of their costumes.

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