Calgary Herald



Egyptian police Tuesday arrested a Tiktok star who has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonme­nt for her posts on social media.

Haneen Hossam, a 20-year-old Cairo University student who became an “influencer” on video sharing app Tiktok, was sentenced in absentia on Sunday alongside four others.

While all five were fined 2,000 Egyptian pounds for encouragin­g women to share videos in exchange for money, Hossam received a harsher sentence, which her lawyer attributed to her not appearing in court.

“It was her legal right not to show up,” said Hani Sameh, announcing she would appeal.

Hossam was arrested last year after posting a video explaining how women could earn money by posting videos online, which authoritie­s interprete­d as encouragin­g prostituti­on.

The five were first convicted last July and they served eight months in jail before the verdict was overturned on appeal in January.

But after prosecutor­s introduced new charges of human traffickin­g, all five were found guilty on Sunday, with the other four ordered to serve six years.

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