CAIRO — An Egyptian court has sentenced a famous Arab singer to six months in prison over a video clip in which she advises a fan against drinking from the Nile River.

Sherine Abdel-Wahab, widely known by her first name, was accused of insulting the state by suggesting the Nile is polluted. The Abdin misdemeanor court sentenced her in absentia Tuesday and fined her $560. She remains free on bail and can appeal the ruling.

The clip shows fans asking Sherine to sing a song named for an Egyptian saying that one who drinks from the Nile is bound to return. She responded: “You are better off drinking Evian.”


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