Egyp­tian ac­tress faces trial for re­veal­ing dress

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CAIRO — An Egyp­tian ac­tress is fac­ing trial next month charged with pub­lic ob­scen­ity af­ter she at­tended the clos­ing cer­e­mony of a film fes­ti­val in Cairo wear­ing a see-through em­broi­dered gauze dress that re­vealed her legs.

Ra­nia Youssef ’s trial, which is sched­uled to be­gin Jan. 12, fol­lows a com­plaint to the chief pros­e­cu­tor by a group of lawyers against the ac­tress.

Egypt is a mostly con­ser­va­tive coun­try with a Mus­lim ma­jor­ity. The Arab coun­try of 100 mil­lion peo­ple has re­tained ves­tiges of sec­u­lar­ism de­spite decades of grow­ing re­li­gious con­ser­vatism, but Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ism still per­vades so­ci­ety.

Youssef faces up to five years in prison if con­victed.

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