A 20 year old Egyptian woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for touching a monkey’s genitalia. Sghe testified that she was just tickling the monkey and the touching was accidental.
But someone produced a video, showing the woman touching the monkey’s privates and joking about sex. With that, prosecutors were able to secure a conviction against the woman, who has been held in jail since October.
Basma Ahmed, 20, had been charged by a Mansoura city court with “committing an obscene act in public” and “inciting debauchery.”
A woman has been sentenced by an Egyptian misdemeanor court to three years in jail after a video of her touching a monkey’s genitals went viral.
Basma Ahmed, 20, had been charged by a Mansoura city court with “committing an obscene act in public” and “inciting debauchery,” and was sentenced to three years on those charges on Thursday, according to state daily Al-Ahram.
Al-Ahram reported that Ahmed, who has been imprisoned since October when she was first arrested, “confessed … to the incident but said she did not mean to commit an indecent act and that she had been tickling the monkey.”
A video of Ahmed touching the monkey’s genitals and joking about sex at a Nike Delta city pet shop went viral, leading ultimately to her arrest.
I’ll bet that when she finally gets out, she will not play around like that again. It is never a good idea to play around in a totalitarian country.
At court she ‘confessed… to the incident but said she did not mean to commit an indecent act and that she had been tickling the monkey’.
The video sparked a fierce backlash online in the conservative Muslim country.
Ahmed was initially detained for four days, but public prosecutors increased the period to 15 days to ‘further investigate the case,’ Stepfeed reported.
Officials said that Ahmed is not a first-time offender and has previously been charged in two other ‘public moral’ cases.