Egypt: Singer Sherine Abdel Wahab sentenced to six months jail
for joke on River Nile
Well-known egyptian singer, Sherine Abdel Wahab, has been sentenced to a six months jail for joke on the cleanliness of the River Nile. The 37 year old woman apparently told a fan that drinking from the famous river might give parasites and told him to drink Evian instead. Though she can still appeal against the sentence, she has been sentenced to six months prison by the court, finding her guilty of spreading false news. As per a media in the country, the singer was ordered to pay 5,000 Egyptian pounds as bail, in addition to a fine of 10,000 pounds.
The lawsuit against Sherine was filed in November last year, after a video was leaked online showing the singer being asked to sing Mashrebtesh Men Nilha (Have You Drunk From The Nile?). To what she responded “drinking from the Nile will get me schistosomiasis” – which is a disease commonly known in Egypt as bilharzia, which once plagued rural water sources.
According to Sherine Abdel Wahab, she later apologised at the concert for her “foolish joke”, which she said took place in the UAE more than a year ago.