The Agouza Prosecution Unit referred Monday a performer called Salma Al-Foly to the Misdemeanour Court, after charging her with “harming public morals” and inciting “debauchery”.
The first trial session will take place Thursday, two days after Al-Foly was arrested in a cafe in the Mohandessin district of Cairo.
Al-Foly was featured in a music video clip dubbed “Sib Edi” (“Let go of my hand”), which went viral online. The video includes an Arabic cover of Indian pop song “Jugni Ji”, originally by Kanika Kapoor. Despite the accusations against El-Foly of “debauchery”, which is frequently a vague charge used against individuals involved with prostitution or indecency, the video does not contain any nude or sex scenes.
The prosecution also ordered the arrest of other contributors to the video.
The video, which was posted on the private YouTube channel of Wael El-Sedik on 18 May, and has been viewed over 1m times. El-Sedik is the video’s producer and director as well as the main male performer.
El-Sedik was interviewed by TV presenter Wael Al-Ibrashi, where he denied that he had directed a “sexual video”, and argued that he did not mean to “offend any morals”.