Cairo court acquits female singer of inciting debauchery in music video

Laila Amer was sentenced to two years in prison for a musical clip. (Screenshot)
Updated 18 March 2018

Cairo court acquits female singer of inciting debauchery in music video

CAIRO: A Cairo court has acquitted a low-profile Egyptian singer who was charged with “inciting debauchery and immorality” last month over a controversial music video.
Prosecutors had previously sentenced singer Laila Amer to two years in prison for a musical clip that they said contained “sexual overtones,” Ahram Online reported.
But a ruling on Saturday by the Giza misdemeanour appeals court overturned the debauchery charge along with two other men who were also involved in the music video.
Amer and the two men were arrested in January after several lawyers filed legal complaints against them for their song “Bos Omak” (translated as "Look At Your Mother"), which is a pun on an Arabic expletive.
Amer became the second female singer to be sentenced over debauchery charges in Egypt in the last few months.


US sprinter beats Usain Bolt’s 200m world record - but only runs 185m

Updated 10 July 2020

US sprinter beats Usain Bolt’s 200m world record - but only runs 185m

  • Lyles was racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe.

LONDON: For a few fleeting minutes, US sprinter Noah Lyles thought he had broken the long-standing 200 meter world record at the Inspiration Games on Thursday.

Lyles, 22, is the 200m world champion and his time of 18.90 seconds would have smashed the 19.19 mark set by Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in 2009.

But the headline time will not go into the history books after it was revealed he only ran 185 meters due to a blunder by the event organizers putting the starting line in the wrong place.

Lyles was racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe.

His staggering time was immediately challenged by commentators watching the event.

“You can’t be playing with my emotions like this....Got me in the wrong lane smh,” he tweeted. He later tweeted again to correct himself, saying he had in fact started on the wrong line. 

The farcical ending to one of the headline races in the event will be an embarrassment for the organizers who were banking on showing the world that technology can make a major international athletics event possible despite the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.