CAIRO — It is a costume that has shaken Egypt, and the uproar continues. Prosecutors on Wednesday questioned actress Rania Youssef for a minimum of 4 hours on accusations of public obscenity over a revealing costume she wore to a cinema gala final week, her lawyer mentioned.
Youssef was allowed to go free after the questioning, pending the completion of the investigation, mentioned the lawyer, Shaban Stated. However he added that she nonetheless faces trial on Jan. 12, a date set by a court docket, and will presumably withstand 5 years in jail if convicted.
The preliminary criticism towards the 45-year-old Youssef was filed by a bunch of legal professionals with a repute for ethical vigilantism however they mentioned they withdrew their criticism on Tuesday. The legal professionals, Wahid al-Kilani, Hamido Jameel al-Prince, Amr Abdel Salam and Samir Sabry, mentioned they determined to forego authorized motion after Youssef made a public assertion.
Although she stopped in need of an outright apology, Youssef mentioned she didn’t imply to offend anybody together with her lengthy black costume, its see-through skirt revealing her legs of their entirety.
She wore the costume final Thursday for the closing ceremony of this 12 months’s Cairo Worldwide Movie Competition.
Pictures of Youssef within the costume have been broadly shared on social media in Muslim-majority Egypt, the place ostensibly secular authorities usually aspect with spiritual conservatives. Her case prompted the nation’s Actors Guild to declare it supposed to research and self-discipline actors who wore “inappropriate” apparel throughout the opening and shutting ceremonies of the weeklong movie competition, arguing that they clashed with “traditions, values and ethics of the society.”
A guild consultant, Ayman Azab, attended Wednesday’s questioning, Youssef’s lawyer mentioned. Youssef mentioned in a Fb submit that she might have misjudged how folks would react to the costume.
“If I had identified, I might not have worn this costume,” she mentioned. “I wish to repeat my dedication to the values and ethics we’ve been raised by in Egyptian society.”
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