Egypt court sentences belly dancer for ‘insulting’ flag

Safinaz

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced a popular Armenian belly dancer to six months in prison for “insulting the Egyptian flag” after she allegedly wore a tight dress in its red, white and black color scheme.

The court in Agouza, west of Cairo, said on Monday that Sofinar Gourian, known popularly as “Safinaz,” was fined 15,000 pounds (almost $2,000) and paid another 10,000 pounds bail pending appeal. The case had been initiated by a private complaint…

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  • barryjr

    I propose a trade, Canada gets Safinaz and Egypt can keep Fahmy.

    • eMan14

      Sounds good to me.

  • eMan14

    “The case had been initiated by private complaint…”
    Gee… who could that have been?

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I like highland dancers much more.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      We used to trot them out (the Irish kind) for my “Sainted Irish Father’s” birthday, God rest his soul.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQEa1PYHxJE

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        If you’ve ever felt a highland dancer’s leg…
        My God she was a pretty girl.
        She broke up with me the week before graduation and I ended up going alone.
        I saw her ten years later in a mall too early in the morning.
        She’d really let herself go.
        I barely recognized her and she certainly didn’t go out of her way to acknowledge me.
        But, for that brief shining time…
        Just as well, though.
        I tell my son that no matter what you don’t marry your first girlfriend.
        Or your second or your third.
        Gotta take a few test drives before you find the one you can’t live without.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          I have to say that my ex-gfs were way better 30-years ago, but I’m sure we all were!
          From time to time I’ll hear from a few, maybe once a year. Yeah, the memories are always better.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Here’s my Sainted Black Irish Granddad and my English Granny.
        He’s first generation Canadian and she’s a war bride.
        They said he was Black Irish..
        I still don’t know why.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Funny how all of the women back then looked so much alike. These are my parents in 1947, but they met in 1945.
          Adolph Hitler, was also the world’s great matchmaker, now that I think about it.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I like the single Windsor knot.
            My Dad taught me the double Windsor but that was too seventies for me.
            My shoes, too.
            He likes the Florsheim slip ons and I like the bankers lace ups.
            Not that I get to wear either of them much anymore.
            It’s steel toes for me these days.
            Your parents were a good looking couple.
            I look at my grandparents and I wonder how much of their looks I got.
            I suppose I’m doing alright.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I was 20 before I realized that there WERE any other kinds of knots, but a half Windsor is all I ever used.
            Most of my professional dress tendencies I inherited from my dad.
            Shirts, usually white, 100% cotton, always long-sleeved (short sleeved: “what are you trying to do, look like a technician?”), extra heavy starch, hanger – no boxes.
            If done right, it should be so stiff that it will sand the skin off your nipples, until you are used to it.
            Real shoes shall always have laces, and are probably black. Slip-on loafers are for college kids and hobos too drunk to tie their own shoes!
            Sideburns? What are you, some kind of a gangster?
            Watchbands? Metal! What else?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I don’t have to look professional anymore.
            I am a technician.
            And the engineers aren’t so much better.
            But, when I did, I spent a lot of time around an iron.
            And I love 100% white cotton.
            Got the poly cotton blend most times.
            Sometimes, I’ll go three days without shaving but my wife hates it.
            My son joined the cadets for a while.
            I taught him how to iron his uniform and shine his boots.
            Stopped wearing a wristwatch years ago.
            I just know what time it is.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Me neither.
            I have not worn a watch or owned a cellphone in over a decade and I don’t miss it.
            I never minded wearing suits.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I liked wearing suits.
            But, when I realized that I was just riding herd over a bunch of teenagers and coffee ladies as a banquet manager I had to do something else.
            I wasn’t Don Draper.
            So, I went back to school and became the low man on the totem pole again.
            And I don’t mind it.
            One day I will be able to use everything I learned back there.