Egyptian actress faces trial next month charged with national obsession after appearing at a closing ceremony at the Cairo Film Festival dressed in a dress that revealed the entire leg.
The trial of Rania Youssef, due to begin on January 12, follows an appeal to the chief prosecutor by a group of lawyers against the actress.
Egypt is a largely conservative country with a Muslim majority. The Arab country of 100 million people has kept the traces of secularism despite decades of growing religious conservatism, but the case of Yusef serves as a reminder that Islamic fundamentalism continues to have a voice five years after an Islamist president was ousted by the military over mass protests against his rule.
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Yusef faces five years in prison if convicted, a source from the judiciary told the AFP news agency. She is accused of "inciting debauchery".
The 44-year-old star has since apologized for wearing clothes, saying she will not wear if she knows that she will cause such controversy.
"This was the first time I was carrying it and I did not realize it would cause so much anger," she said in social media.
"I confirm my commitment to the values that we have brought up into Egyptian society."
It is not the first time a female public figure in Egypt has faced accusations of carrying detective clothes.
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Last year, the Egyptian court closed the singer Shaima Ahmed for two years – later reduced to one year – for appearing in a musical video in her underwear, suggestively eating a banana.
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