An Egyptian actress is due to stand trial next month after appearing at the graduation ceremony of the Cairo Film Festival, dressed in a rolling dress that exposed all her legs.
The trial of Renia Yosef, which was scheduled to begin on January 12, follows a complaint to the chief prosecutor by a group of lawyers against the actress.
Egypt is a predominantly conservative country. The Arab state of 100 million people has preserved the remnants of secularism, despite decades of growing religious conservatism, but Joseph's case serves as a reminder of Islamic fundamentalism that has a voice five years after the Islamic president was ousted by the army in mass demonstrations against the rule.
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Joseph faces up to five years in prison if convicted, a legal source told AFP news agency. She is accused of "hesitant incitement."
The 44-year-old star apologized for wearing the outfit and said she would not wear it if she knew it would cause such a dispute.
"It was the first time I wore it and did not realize it would ignite so much anger," she said as a social media company.
"I strengthen my commitment to the values we have grown up in Egyptian society."
This is not the first time that a public woman in Egypt faces charges of wrapping clothing.
An Egyptian actress accused of indecent assault wearing a revealing dress at the Cairo Film Festival
Renia Yosef was charged with "immorality and promotion of a lieutenant" after a group of lawyers filed a complaint with the state's chief prosecutor. pic.twitter.com/UYcY73B8D9
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Last year, an Egyptian court arrested singer Simha Ahmad for two years – then reduced it to a year – to appear in a music video in her underclothes while eating a banana.
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