TikTok influencer Hanin Hussam and Mawaddah Al-Azm acquitted of charges of violating family values ​​in Egypt

Haneen Hussam and Mawaddah Al-Azem were charged with „violating family values ​​and principles and establishing and managing Internet accounts to commit this crime.”

In July 2020, they were sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds (around 19,000 US dollars) each.

Ahram Online said they were acquitted and three others involved in the case.

Mawadda Al-Azm, who is in her early twenties, has 3.1 million followers on TikTok and 1.6 million followers on Instagram, and is famous for posting videos of lip-syncing and dancing.

Her lawyer, Ahmed Bahakiri, said: „The accusations are very vague.” He told the BBC After the initial ruling was issued last year. „Prison cannot be a solution, even if some of her videos conflict with our social norms and traditions.”

Hanin Houssam, a university student in archeology, has 1.2 million followers on TikTok, and she was arrested a few days after she posted a video encouraging women to post live videos and talk to strangers via the short video sharing platform Likee.

She denied the charges and said her videos were taken out of context.

Hussam’s lawyer, Muhammad Samar, told local media on the seventh day that her mother passed out due to the news of his acquittal, while both Hussam and al-Azam shouted with joy.

Fathi Rashad, the father of nothingness, told reporters after the trial that his daughter was „devastated by oppression and sadness” and she will need psychological treatment.

The other three defendants were charged with helping one of the girls evade arrest, concealing evidence of the crime, and disseminating materials to influence public opinion about the case. One of them was also charged with possession of illegal software to facilitate social media activity.

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Participated in the coverage, Mohamed Tawfiq from Atlanta.

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